May 9, 2018 Meeting Minutes
CRYSTAL TOWNSHIP BOARD MEETING
May 9, 2018
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*
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.
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:
CRYSTAL TOWNSHIP BOARD
MONTCALM COUNTY, MICHIGAN
(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:
RESOLUTION TO APPROVE AND CERTIFY
ROAD MILLAGE RENEWAL PROPOSAL
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:
ROAD MILLAGE RENEWAL PROPOSAL
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.
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
RESOLUTION DECLARED ADOPTED.
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