Meeting Minutes

Township Meeting Minutes

January 10, 2018 Meeting Minutes

The meeting was called to order by Supervisor, Chris Johnston at 7:00 p.m. and followed by the Pledge of Allegiance. 

Members Present: Curt McCracken, Patty Baker-Marek, Nancy Mills and Chris Johnston, George Bahm 

Public Comment: Public was allowed time to make comments. 


Approval of Agenda and Accept the Consent Agenda: Motion by McCracken, seconded by Bahm to approve the agenda and approve the consent agenda. Motion carried- all ayes. 

Approval of the Consent Agenda: Motion by Baker-Marek, seconded by Mills to approve the consent agenda. Motion carried-all ayes. 

Reports: Reports were presented. 

Montcalm County: Ron Braman-the reason the county is so far in debit is due to employee benefits 

Fire: Scott Brundage- report presented 

DPW: Roger Gooding- expecting items for the new truck to be delivered this week, head-ache rack, wrap, mud flaps 

Sewer District Report: Scott Brundage-Submitted a position description to the board for an Assistant Operator position 

Duck Lake Improvement: David Wight-meeting on Jan 8, assessment was reduced, they have submitted for permits for this year. Sending a letter to the Drain Commissioner regarding the lake levels currently it is down 2.5 inches. 

DDA:David Wight---Winterfest Committee meeting weekly everything is moving forward 

Montcalm Police Report: Sheriff J Schafer 

Blight Committee: Patty Baker-Marek: Next meeting January 15 

Correspondence: Monthly correspondence was presented. 

  1. a. 2018 DNR Recreation Grant Workshops


Unfinished Business: 

  1. a. Deputy Hours-Motion by McCracken, seconded by Mills to increase deputy budgets to $6,000 per year. Motion failed-ayes McCracken, Mills. Nays Baker-Marek, Johnston, Bahm. Bahm requested the we contact other townships in the area to compare, Mills indicated she would do this. 
  2. b. Sale of Truck-Quote from Great Lakes Snow to remove the plow from the truck and buy it for $3000. Also a bid from Ed Koehn to purchase the truck with the plow for $29,000. Discussion to leave truck for sale as is for now. Chris will contact Ed Koehn to get a bid for the truck without the plow. 


New Business: 

1. DDA-Banks to Books-DDA closed on Chemical Bank building on 1/9/2018. The only deed restriction is the building cannot be used for a financial institution for 10 years. Leasing the ATM space to Chemical for $500 per year. Hoping to move the library by early spring, will need to have a handicapped bathroom installed. DDA is 



asking the Township to continue to pay the $300-$350 per month in utilities as it is currently doing. DDA will be responsible for all renovations. Planning on doing a public meeting in January to try to get families to donate to help support. 

2. Clothing Closet: Crystal Congregational Church submitted a request to move to a larger room (Alternative Ed Room) or be allowed to use additional room. No action taken. 

3. Roger-Funeral Overtime-Motion by McCracken, seconded by Bahm to pay 8 hours of overtime at overtime rate for funeral done during Roger’s vacation. Motion carried, ayes-all. 

  1. 4. Assessor Updates- a. Nancy would like address and name changes from the assessor quarterly. 
  2. b. Land splits back to 2014 are still being sent out for the lights is there a way to have the assessor make these inactive? 
  3. c. Disabled Veteran Deferment-Motion by Bahm, seconded by Baker-Marek to re-run the warrant to redo taxes for G Hopkins to allow the veterans deferment as long as the township is not liable to pay for mileage owed on this tax. Motion carried, ayes-all. 
  5. 5. Audit-Motion by Bahm, seconded by Mills to have Yeo and Yeo come to the next meeting to present the audit findings at previous estimate of $750. Motion carried-ayes-all. 


Public Comment: The public was allowed time for comment. 

-Article in the Daily News regarding Invasive Plant Species, Crystal Lake Association is currently addressing. 

Adjournment: Motion by Bahm, seconded by McCracken to adjourn the meeting at 8:14 p.m. Motion carried- all ayes. 


Patty Baker-Marek, Clerk