Meeting Minutes

Township Meeting Minutes

November 13, 2018 Meeting Minutes


November 14, 2018

7:00 p.m.

Crystal Community Center


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


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

Absent:  Nancy Mills


Public Comment: Public was allowed time to make comments.

C Johnston-would be presiding over the meeting but not voting throughout the night.


Approval of Agenda and Accept the Consent Agenda:  Motion by Baker-Marek, seconded by McCracken to approve the agenda with the addition of item g.  Library Book Storage and approve the consent agenda. Motion carried- all ayes.


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


Reports: Reports were presented.

Montcalm County: Chris Johnston-big issue right now is the potential septic ordinance.

Fire: Scott Brundage- 3 structure runs.  Scott is working on getting our ISO reduced, anticipating it going from a 9 to a 8S, which should reduce insurance premiums in the future.

DPW: Roger Gooding- Leaf pick up is in full swing, new equipment is really helping. Gym doors expected around Dec 1.

Sewer District Report: Scott Brundage-Station 11 pump still must be replaced, was used at a station at Duck Lake due to wet wipes.  Tractor is still not done.

Duck Lake Improvement: D Wight-absent

DDA:David Wight—absent

Montcalm Police Report: Officer-reviewed monthly report.

Community Center Committee:  Committee continues to meet still seeking estimates from various professionals.


 Correspondence: Monthly correspondence was presented.

a.       DTE/Consumers Hearing.

b.       J Smith, Dept of Agriculture

c.       Road Commission Annual Meeting

Unfinished Business:  

a.       Swim Buoys:  Motion by Baker-Marek, seconded by Bahm to accept bid from Rolyan Buoys for the 6 Buoys.  Motion carried, ayes-all.

b.      Contractor List: no action.


New Business:

A.    DDA:

a.       Membership-Motion by McCracken, seconded by Bahm to appoint Denise Schneider and Deb Woodard to serve another term on the DDA Board.  Motion carried, ayes-all.

b.      Sutton Property-township has been in contact with the attorney and the Sutton’s regarding the Old Library Building.


B.     Board of Review:  Motion by McCracken, seconded by Bahm to appoint R Muscott and K Morgan to the Board of Review. Motion carried, ayes-all.  

C.     Line Item Adjustment:  Motion by Baker-Marek, seconded by Bahm to adjust the negative budget line items as presented.  Motion carried, ayes-all.

D.    Turn out Gear:  Motion by McCracken, seconded by Baker-Marek to replace 5 sets of Turn out gear at the cost of $1889.24 each, plus shipping and handling.  Motion carried, ayes-all.

E.     Bank Accounts: Motion by Baker-Marek, seconded by Bahm to remove Christopher Johnston and Nancy Mills from all the bank accounts adding Curt McCracken and Kim Siburt.  Motion carried, ayes-all.

F.      Supervisor Position:  Chris read his resignation.  Motion by Baker-Marek, seconded by McCracken to accept the supervisor resignation.  Motion carried, ayes-all.  Motion by Bahm, seconded by Baker-Marek to appoint Curt McCracken to the supervisor position.  Motion carried, ayes-Bahm, Baker-Marek, McCracken, abstained:  Johnston.

a.       Will hold a Special Meeting Wednesday, December 5  @ 7pm to do interviews for any potential Trustee Candidates.  Submit a letter of interest, resume by Tuesday, December 4, 4pm to Patty Baker-Marek, 217 E Park Street

G.    Library Storage:  Motion by Bahm, seconded by McCracken to allow the Library to use a room for storage of old books, through March 1, 2019.  Motion carried, ayes-all.



Public Comment:

M Redding:  if looking for a contractor list post on the Contractor Page not in the classifieds. 

M Lane, recommend getting out there ahead of the Marijuana issue, don’t let it get to far ahead of us.

C McCracken, thanks to Chris for 6 years of dedication to the township and to Nancy for cleaning up the mess she walked into


Motion by McCracken, seconded by Bahm to adjourn the meeting at 7:38 p.m.  Motion carried- all ayes.




Patty Baker-Marek, Clerk

Patty Baker-Marek