Meeting Minutes

Township Meeting Minutes

January 9, 2019 Meeting Minutes

Crystal Township Board Meeting
January 9th, 2019
7:00 p.m.
Crystal Community Center

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

Members Present: C McCracken, G Bahm, K Siburt, P Baker-Marek, S Kutt

Public Comment: Public was allowed time to make comments.

P McShosh-Public Act 51, how will this affect our township.  All roads are county roads, are we getting our fair share, how do we solve our road problems.

Approval of Agenda and accepted the Consent Agenda: Motion by Baker-Marek, seconded by Siburt to approve the agenda as amended to move A. Audit and C. F Mogdis to before reports. Motion carried-all ayes.

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


Montcalm County: C Johnston- There are many committee’s that are being consolidated.  Monthly meeting: 4th Monday of each month at 4 pm.

Fire: S Brundage-6 Runs total in December, 2 structure fires
Sewer: S Brundage-First Quarter Billings have been sent out
DPW: R Gooding- 10 Burner Stove in the kitchen of Community Center, per Head Start we are not allowed to have, need to selling. Couplers on the boiler have rusted through, will be worked on 1/10 shouldn’t take more than 1 hour.  Drinking Fountain is fixed for the time being.
Duck Lake Improvement: D Wight-New Contract with weed control, been applying for permits.
DDA: D Wight- Crystal Winterfest has been scheduled for 2/9/19, there will be a raffle of a pair of ATV’s. The raffle tickets for the ATV’s are going very well. Approved $3,000 expenditure for 3D of 5 year plan.
Montcalm Police Report: Officer McConnell:  Monthly Report was reviewed.
Community Center Committee: K Morgan- Committee continues to meet seeking engineer estimates.

Correspondence: Monthly Correspondence was presented.
a. Consumers Hearing

Unfinished Business
a. Contractor List
b. Sewer Administrative Assistant Hours: Motion by Bahm, seconded by Siburt to pay the Assistant for the 10 hours extra she had worked due to the audit.  Motion carried, ayes-all.

c. Park Redevelopment

i. Survey got 20% response. Community Input is very valuable

ii. F. Mogdis,  5 Year Plan not updates since 2007. There will be a special meeting to review the new plan on January 29, 2019.

Goal & Priorities:

 1. Upgrade park/beach/swim area

 2. Upgrade Noll Park

3. Upgrade walking trails around the lake

4. South Pier Park

5. Duck Lake Park

d. Marijuana: need to OPT out or in, looking to schedule a public hearing for input from the community.
New Business:
a. Audit Review: A. Barnes, reviewed details of audit.
b. PA 116 Resolution: Motion by Baker-Marek, seconded by Siburt: Resolution for a Partial Termination of a Farmland Development Right Agreement for parcel 59-005-028-004-10, for Kevin Waldron.  Roll Call Vote:  Siburt: aye

Bahm: aye

Baker-Marek: aye

Kutt: aye

McCracken: aye

Motion carried, ayes-all

c. MTA BOR Training:  Motion by Baker-Marek, seconded by Bahm  to approve attendance for 4 in the amount of $364 plus purchase of 1 book.  Motion carried, ayes-all.

 d. MTA Annual Conference, 4/1/19-4/4/19 in Grand Rapids, cost $349.00.
e. Road Commission Contract: Motion by Siburt, seconded by Baker-Marek to sign the Chloride Contract in the amount of $38,010.07:  46.23 miles @ 1,650 GPM x 3 applications.  Motion carried: ayes-all.
f. Supervisor Deputy, Motion by Baker-Marek, seconded by Bahm to amend the 2018-19 budget, line item Supervisor Deputy $2,500.

 Roll Call: 





McCracken-aye.  Motion carried. 
g. Deputy Wages: Motion by Siburt to increase Deputy fiscal year wages by $160 motion failed.

h. Rental Request: a Photographer would like to rent a room. Current policy allows only 501C, Non Profit for long term rentals.  Denial of this request.

i.Resignation Letter:  Motion by Bahm, seconded by Siburt  to accept resignation from S Brundage as Fire Chief effective March 2, 2019.  Motion carried, ayes-all. 


K Morgan: status of ISO rating with the fire department, to reduce Home owner insurance.

P McShosh:  line item budget would solve a lot of problems, with defined departments and department heads.

Norm:  talk to Gratiot county before action on Wind Turbines, farmers are not happy not getting dollars promised.

C Johnston: has had some conversations with M Christensen, not happy with quality of service Crystal is receiving from the Road Commission. 

Motion by Bahm, seconded Baker-Marek: to adjourn meeting at 8:27.

Patty Baker-Marek