Meeting Minutes

Township Meeting Minutes

May 9, 2018 Meeting Minutes


May 9, 2018

7:00 p.m.

Crystal Community Center

The meeting was called to order by Trustee, C McCracken at 7:00 p.m. and followed by the Pledge of


Members Present: Curt McCracken, Patty Baker-Marek, Nancy Mills.

Absent: George Bahm, Chris Johnston

Motion by Baker-Marek, seconded by Mills to appoint C McCracken as President Pro Tem for the

meeting in the absence of Supervisor Johnston. Motion carried-all ayes.

Public Comment: Public was allowed time to make comments.


Approval of Agenda and Accept the Consent Agenda: Motion by Baker-Marek, seconded by

Mills to approve the agenda and approve the consent agenda. Motion carried- all ayes.

Approval of the Consent Agenda: Motion by Baker-Marek, seconded by McCracken to approve

the consent agenda. Motion carried-all ayes.

Reports: Reports were presented.

Montcalm County: Ron Braman-Supported a Special Assessment Millage on the ballot in August

for 4H, MSU Extension and Montcalm Conservation District.

Fire: Scott Brundage- absent due to fire

DPW: Roger Gooding- absent due to fire

Sewer District Report: Scott Brundage-absent due to fire

Duck Lake Improvement: David Wight-nothing to report

DDA:David Wight—Bank building is in the process of repairs to relocate the Library. Carson City

Library had a special meeting that approved and supported the move. No date set until repairs

complete. DDA is working on a grant proposal for a façade assistance program. The DDA has agreed

to purchase banners and brackets to match up with the flags. Playscape still on hold, waiting on

removal of slide. A Park Pavilion Assessment was submitted to the board, total material cost $4497

not including labor.

Montcalm Police Report: Office B Snyder, back in the township effective May 1. WELCOME


Correspondence: Monthly correspondence was presented.

a. DEQ, Public Notice-Crystal Yacht Club*

b. DEQ, Site-Specific Review- S McAlvey*

c. DEQ, Site-Specific Review-B Smith*

Unfinished Business:

a. Deputy Hours-Motion by McCracken, seconded by Mills to pay deputies $13 per hour with

a $2,500 per year limit. Motion carried, ayes all.

b. Trees in Park-no report yet from N Sanchez, Forester regarding trees in the park. Per

conversation instead of cutting down 8 trees, recommending only cutting 4 trees trimming the

rest. The time is now to plant new trees.

c. DPW Seasonal Position-Still vacant

d. Employee Handbook, draft plan to all board members for review. The only change was

recommended changing approval of Vacation to 2 weeks instead of 30 days. Draft will be

forwarded to Attorney for review before implementing.

Supervisor Johnston arrived at meeting from fire.

e. Insurance, New Library-Motion by Johnston, seconded by Mills to add the new

bank building to the township insurance with the DDA to reimburse for premiums of

$163. Motion carried-ayes all.

New Business:

1. Sidney Bank: ATM with deposit capabilities will be placed at Blanchards, available

24/7 expected completion by July 4. Submitted a proposal for moving Township

funds to Sidney Bank to interest earning accounts.

2. Road Millage Renewal Resolution*- Motion by Baker-Marek, seconded by Mills

approve Road Millage Renewal Resolution as follows:



(Resolution No. 05092018)

At a Regular Meeting of the Crystal Township Board (“Township Board”) held on May 9, 2018 beginning at7:00 p.m. at the

Crystal Community Center, the following Resolution was offered for adoption by Township Board Member Baker-Marek and

was seconded by Township Board Member Mills:



WHEREAS, the Township Board desires to submit the question of renewing the road millage to the qualified electors of the

Township at the primary election to be held on Tuesday, August 7, 2018.

WHEREAS, the road millage expired following the December 2017 levy; and

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Township Board hereby calls a special Township election to be held on the

regular primary election date of August 7, 2018.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Township Board approves and certifies the following proposal to the Montcalm County

Clerk for submittal to the qualified electors of the Township at the August 7, 2014 primary election:



Shall the previously voted increase in the tax rate limitation imposed under Article IX, Section 6 of the Michigan

Constitution on general ad valorem taxes in Crystal Township of 1.1973 mills ($01.19 per $1,000 of taxable value) be

renewed annually for four (4) years, 2018 through 2021, inclusive, to provide funds for public road maintenance and

improvements, including, but not limited to gravel and asphalt, and shall Crystal Township be authorized to levy such

renewal millage for said purposes?

If approved and levied, this millage would raise an estimated $116,433 in the first year of the levy. All or a portion of

the revenues from this millage will be disbursed to the Montcalm County Road Commission for public road

improvements within Crystal Township. To the extent required by law, a portion of the revenues from this millage

will be captured within the district of and disbursed to the Crystal Township Downtown Development Authority.

YES _____

NO _____

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Township Clerk is hereby authorized and directed to submit a certified copy of this

Resolution to the Montcalm County Clerk.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Township Clerk and Montcalm County Clerk are hereby authorized and directed to print

the ballots, publish all notices for such election, and to take all other action as necessary or desirable in connection with such election.

The vote on the motion to adopt this Resolution was as follows:

YEAS: Johnston, Mills, McCracken, Baker-Marek





I hereby certify that the above is a Resolution adopted by the Township Board for Crystal Township at the time, date, and place

stated above pursuant to the required statutory procedures.

Dated: May 9, 2018 Respectfully submitted,

By: Patty Baker-Marek

Crystal Township Clerk

3. Electronic Recycle: Motion by Baker-Marek seconded by Mills to approve

contract with Comprenew for cost of Electronic Recycling for Spring Clean up on

May 19. Motion carried, ayes-all.

4. Fitness N Fun: Motion by Baker-Marek seconded by Mills to accept proposal

from D Bailey for the Fun N Fitness Program 3 days per week. Motion carried, ayesall.

5. Community Center Vacuum- Motion by Johnston, seconded by Mills to purchase

a new vacuum from Nichols in the amount of $589.95 per the bid-Versamatic 14”.

Motion carried-ayes all.

6. Fireman Wages- discussion regarding looking at wage increase for fireman from $10

per run to $15 and from $5 to $10 for second hour.

7. Sewer Employee Wages: Request from S Brundage, to give cost of living increase to

3 employees. Discussion included giving the cost of living increase to include DPW

positions. Also, C Mccracken requesting increase of Clerk/Treasurer to $12,000:

Supervisor to $8,000 and Trustees to $200 per month with no allowance for Special


8. Air Conditioner- Head Start will be in school until mid June, they are requesting Air

Conditioners for each of the Rooms. Will research if possible due to limited electrical


9. Community Give Back-Proposing establishing a day to have the community come

together to work on projects in the park, with the township providing the supplies, this

works right into the proposal from the DDA for the pavilion.

Public Comment: The public was allowed time for comment.

Flag Raising Ceremony-May 21 @ 6pm at Crystal Community Center. Asking for

information regarding the possible online auction of the “Go-Cart Trac”.

In future consider having a Mobile Shredder available to residents along with the Spring


Adjournment: Motion by Baker-Marek, seconded by Johnston to adjourn the meeting at 8:14

p.m. Motion carried- all ayes.


Patty Baker-Marek, Clerk