Meeting Minutes

Township Meeting Minutes

December 12, 2018 Meeting Minutes

Crystal Township Board Meeting
December 12th, 2018
7:00 p.m.
Crystal Community Center


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

Members Present: Curt McCracken, George Bahm, Kim Siburt, Patty Baker-Marek

Public Comment: Public was allowed time to make comments.

Approval of Agenda and accepted the Consent Agenda: Motion by Baker-Marek, seconded by George Bahm to approve the agenda. Motion carried-all ayes.

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

Reports were presented.

 Montcalm County: Chris Johnston-State is working on taking the Septic Tax away from State to DEQ
Fire: Scott Brundage-1 structure run
DPW: Roger Gooding- Leaf Pick up is done around the lake, and Cemetery Leaf Pick up is done also.
Sewer District Report-Scott Brundage: All Summer equipment taken care of.
Duck Lake Improvement-nothing to report
DDA: David Wight- Library has moved to Old Bank, Open House December 15, 18 10-3, everyone welcome. Crystal Winterfest has been scheduled for Feb 9, there will be a raffle of a pair of ATV’s. The old library building is going to turn into historical museum hopefully by Spring.
Montcalm Police Report: Monthly Report was reviewed, Officer Nick McConnell will be assigned to Crystal starting January 2019.
Community Center Committee: Committee continues to meet seeking estimates.

Correspondence: Monthly Correspondence was presented.
a. DTE/Consumers Energy Hearing
b. Mid MI Health Department
c. Ford Motor Company F-350

Unfinished Business
a. Contractor List-

New Business:
A. Gym Rental

1.                    County  Kids 4H -Motion by Siburt, seconded by Bahm to rent the Gym to the Country Kids, Feb 16 at no cost and April 27 cost of $200 plus $50 deposit.  Motion carried, ayes-all.   

2.                   Troy Eckert-Motion by Baker-Marek, seconded by McCracken to continue to rent Gym Monday evenings for $65 per month through May.  Motion carried, ayes-all.

B. DPW: Roger Gooding: Motion by Bahm, seconded by Siburt to pay off Roger for his vacation time calendar year 2018.  Motion carried, ayes-all.
C. Sewer Assistant Hours:  Nicole Reeves is working more than her 20hours a week due to the yearly Audit.  This is for a limited time only. Asked Scott to present to the board the exact number of hours that she is working.

D.  Trustee Position:  Motion by Siburt to appoint D Rydahl as Trustee.  Motion failed due to lack of support.  Motion by Bahm seconded by Baker-Marek to appoint S Kutt as Trustee.

Roll call vote:  Bahm: Aye 

           Baker-Marek: Aye

          McCracken: Aye

          Siburt: Nay

 Motion carried 3 to 1.

E.  Park Redevelopment: D Fisher from Wolverine Engineering - Presentation about redevelopment to the park.  Floor opened for public comment: 

K Morgan:  concerned with proposed parking due to congestion.

P McShosh:  we need to talk with the Tribes to preserve the “Indian Trails”.  Terraces were part of the original park plan years ago.

B Kanitz:  she volunteered for the Park and Rec Committee 7 years ago and it was a 5 year plan

P Plank:  Plan was approved in 2006 by the board at the cost of $25,000, it included all parks, expired in 2011.

C Johnston:  the board approved $7,000 to update the Park & Rec Plan and get possible drawings to create 300 feet of useable beach front.

K Braman:  loves the Indian Trails. Can the trees be saved, possible move the parking to the east side. Try to limit impact of tree removal.

Survey needs to be sent out to get public opinion.


F.  Marijuana: read materials as presented from MTA.


M Redding:  has a background, suggests making rules early, set up areas for distribution of Marijuana

C Johnston:  A Krause, Prosecuting Attorney recommending to opt out for now until regulations can be formulated and things settle down. 

C Braman:  Does Crystal Township even own the park or does it belong to the County, with the financial of the County might want to pursue ownership. 

P Plank:  only park the township owns is Noll Park

G Bakker:  County agreed that lots 22 and 23 are deeded to the Township back in the early 90’s.

B Kanitz:  Opt out of retail for now.


Motion by Baker-Marek, seconded by Siburt to adjourn the meeting at 8:25 pm.Motion carried-all ayes

Patty Baker-Marek