Meeting Minutes

Township Meeting Minutes

September 12, 2018 Meeting Minutes


September 12, 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 Johnston, seconded by Bahm to approve the agenda and approve the consent agenda adding to new business: contractor list. 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-passed out flyers  from Healthy & Productive Michigan-No benefit to recreational marijuana.

Fire: Scott Brundage- 7 fire runs

DPW: Roger Gooding- Starting work on the fence in the park, Lions Club will be trimming the brush.  Chamber is requesting a room they can use between now and the Halloween Bash to start work on a spook house.  Leaf Vacuum  came in, we need to look at storage for off season. 

Sewer District Report: Scott Brundage-Have received 6 of the 14 pumps.

Duck Lake Improvement: D Wight-Treatment done on 8/13, next meeting is October 8 at 6 pm.

DDA:David Wight—First meeting for Winterfest 2019 9/13 6pm, plan to raffle off 2 ATV’s an adult and a youth.  Sending out letters to businesses within the DDA -Façade Improvement Grant.  Library 99% complete anticipate move in November.

Montcalm Police Report: Officer J Schafer-looking forward to being back in the community.

Community Center Committee:  D Rydahl presented mission statement for committee and 4 options under consideration.


 Correspondence: Monthly correspondence was presented.

a.       DTE/Consumers Hearing.

 Unfinished Business:  

a.       Employee Handbook: Motion by Baker-Marek, seconded by McCracken to adopt new Employee Handbook as presented effective October 1, 2018.  Motion carried, ayes-all.

b.      Community Center:  Need to look at repair of gym door and down spouts on outside of gym area. 

c.       Park Pavilion Estimates: Motion by McCracken, seconded by Baker-Marek to reject all bids opened at August meeting.  Repost:  Steel roof for Park Pavilion 36’ x 80’, Remove facia and soffet, remove and replace steel roof, Paint posts/gable ends.  Also steel roof for Community Center Pavilion, 32’ X 40’.  Motion carried, ayes-all.


d.      Perpetual Care-no action

e.       In Stone Data-Motion by Baker-Marek, seconded by McCracken to obtain Cemetery Management Program from In Stone Data for all three cemeteries.  Motion carried, ayes-all.

f.        Recycle Area

i.        Another recycle dumpster would cost the township $300 monthly, a cardboard dumpster would be $30 1 time delivery and $79.61 monthly.  No action taken.

ii.      Chain link fence between the recycle area and the Church

g.       Supervisor Computer-waiting on estimate.


New Business:

A.     Thank You-Avery/Patin Families.  Do a letter and notice in papers for picnic tables, grills and trees for park area.  

B.      Gym Rental, T Eckert-Motion by Baker-Marek, seconded by Bahm to rent gym for $65 per month for 4 months, Monday’s 6-8 pm.   Motion carried, ayes-all.  

C.     Fire Department CD-  Motion by Bahm, seconded by Mills to accept investigate rates on CD’s from other banks.  Motion carried 4-1, opposed Johnston, ayes-all others.


Allowed Public Comment prior to going to closed session for employee evaluation.

Public Comment:

 R Braman-lots of complaints regarding the redistricting of the Drains, costing some people a lot of dollars. 

E Wight-will clean up day allow disposal of window air conditioner?

E George-the “old” wing of the school was not built in 1934-that plaque is from the original school.

Sink hole on Peterman Drive

D Smith-concerned regarding Marina on corner of Lakeview and Sweet-cuts off public access, blocks view of the lack, is in the road end and has no permit.  Township has the authority to develop ordinances to protect the interest of the land owners.  Township needs to do an ordinance to give land owners their Reparian Rights. 

T Dorch-CLA will be presenting something to the board to readdress, ANTI Funneling.

K Sieburt-need a street light on the corner of Strait Tow and N Shore.


Motion by Bahm, seconded by Baker-Marek to go into closed session at 8:08.  Motion carried, ayes-all.

Motion by Baker-Marek, seconded by McCracken to return to open session at 8:38.  Motion carried, ayes-all.

Motion by Baker-Marek, seconded by Bahm to give R Gooding a wage increase of .50 per hour effective 9/9/2018.  Motion carried, ayes-all.


Motion by McCracken, seconded by Bahm to adjourn the meeting at 8:42 p.m.  Motion carried- all ayes.




Patty Baker-Marek, Clerk

Patty Baker-Marek