Meeting Minutes

Township Meeting Minutes

October 10, 2018 Meeting Minutes


October 10, 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,  Nancy Mills. 


Public Comment: Public was allowed time to make comments.



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


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


Reports: Reports were presented.

Montcalm County: Ron Braman-absent

Fire: Scott Brundage- 9 fire runs

DPW: Roger Gooding- Expects to start leaf pick up next week.  Lyons Club-Sat, Oct 13 will be cleaning brush along the bank in the park.  Roger will cut a couple trees at Noll Park. 

Sewer District Report: Scott Brundage-Stopped irrigation after Sept 30 will resume May 1. Front wheel bearing is out again on the tractor.

Duck Lake Improvement: D Wight-absent, email read:  Approved retraining current level at $20,000. 

DDA:David Wight—absent, email read:  Working on Winterfest. The Library Building is ready for the move, expect sometime in November.  Asked the Board to follow up with Sutton’s regarding the “Old Library Building”.

Montcalm Police Report: Officer J Schafer-reviewed monthly report.

Community Center Committee:  D Rydahl committee is working on estimates from various professionals.


 Correspondence: Monthly correspondence was presented.

a.       DTE/Consumers Hearing.

b.       Proposed Amendment to Environmental Health Regulations-meeting

c.       Bloomer Township Public Hearing, October 16, @ 7 pm

d.       Montcalm ISD-negative effects of commercialized Medical Marijuana

e.       Montcalm Economic Alliance, October 1

f.        CMS-Compliance of Public Act 480 of 2006

g.       D Bailey, Fun-N-Fit Thank you

 Unfinished Business:  

a.       Community Center Building

i.        Gym Door Estimates:  Motion by Johnston, seconded by Mills to accept bid from Mt Pleasant Sash & Door to replace to 2 Gym doors in the amount of $5,935.88.  Motion carried, ayes-all.


b.      Perpetual Care-check has been receipted in, working with Auditor to establish correct account number

c.       Supervisor Computer-Motion by Baker-Marek, seconded by Mills to approve purchasing computer from CMS in the amount of $1,170.50. Motion carried, ayes-all.

d.      Seasonal DPW Position-Motion by Baker-Marek, seconded by Mills to allow Chris and Curt to interview candidates and hire the Seasonal DPW position.  Motion carried, ayes-all.


New Business:

A.     Spring Clean-up-no action.  

B.      Swim Buoys, reviewed estimate for swim buoys, will get another estimate for 6 with possible solar lighting for better visibility at night. 

C.      Old Leaf Vac:  Motion by Bahm, seconded by Mills to post for bids.  Motion carried, ayes-all.  

D.    Treasurer

a.       Printer/Scanner for checks.  Motion by McCracken, seconded by Bahm to fix the drum on the printer up to $150 and purchase a scanner for $159.99.  Motion carried, ayes-all.

E.     Park Redevelopment:  Motion by Baker-Marek, seconded by Mills to allow $2, 000 for conceptual drawings for the area from the old palladium south to the stairs.  Motion carried, ayes-all.

F.      Line Item Adjustment: Motion by Baker-Marek, seconded by Bahm to approve adjustment of negative line items.  Motion carried, ayes-all.


Public Comment:

D Rydahl:  instead of putting money into a new park project why not upgrade S Shore Pier, railing is in need of repair.

K Morgan:  need to pursue additional parking and include in Redevelopment Plan

N Randall:  would like to see a sign at the Public Boat Launch to let boaters now of the law to travel in a counter clockwise direction.

R Gooding:  questioned if the Park Redevelopment would just go to the stairs or all across the park frontage.

E George:  asked about the future of the “Indian Trails”

S Brundage:  reminder of the Fall Fest on October 24, 6-7:30


Motion by Bahm, seconded by Baker-Marek to adjourn the meeting at 7:45 p.m.  Motion carried- all ayes.




Patty Baker-Marek, Clerk

Patty Baker-Marek