Meeting Minutes

Township Meeting Minutes

April 10, 2019 Meeting Minutes

Crystal Township Board Meeting

April 10, 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, and S Kutt

Public Comment: Public was allowed time to make comments.

M Sabin, Household Hazardous Waste, June 15 9-2, includes tires $2 and electronics.

July 20-Shred Event 9-1, residents allowed 4 boxes.  Thanks K Siburt for the idea.

D Rydahl, would like to see an advisory group regarding anti funneling.  There is a pattern that needs to be addressed.  We need to protect our biggest asset, develop an ordinance that fits this community.

K Siburt, we are 1 of 2 lakes in the county without anti funneling ordinance. 

T Dorch, Revisit what already existed. In 2012 Crystal Lake Association submitted a request to the board that was never acted on.  2017/18 the lawsuit was exhausted through the appeal process, now is the time to relook at anti funneling.

K Morgan, there are several other marina permits on this lake that are currently not being utilized.

P McShosh, reviewed the application for the marina it indicates private use, appears this is an application error from the start, appears should be commercial use.  How does that effect the taxes now it is commercial property?

C McCracken, everyone is in support of the park improvements but want anti funneling to keep boats off the lake, doesn’t make sense.

C Johnson, the same people that support Anti Funneling over the week of the 4th of July have campers and boats everywhere, so its ok for them but not others?  The community spent $55,000 of taxpayer dollars to defend the lawsuit.  Would like to see the Lake Association put some skin in the game if another lawsuit came from the ordinance. 

B Siburt, family and friends putting their boats on a dock for a week-end is not the same as permanent seasonal rentals. 

P McShosh, this township has a bad taste for 3 terms:  Anti-funneling, zoning and village.  This ordinance can be done if written correctly for everyone on the water, revisit the terminology.

T Dorsh, have Attorney Bloom give us a boiler plate then have a committee to work with what is right for our community, just start someplace.

P McShosh, language is tricky, concerned about the back lotters being charged for water frontage. 


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

Approval of Consent Agenda:  Motioned by Baker-Marek, seconded by Kutt to approve the Consent Agenda.  Motion carried:  ayes-all.


Montcalm County Buzz: C Johnston-Commissioners are working on the budget to include $250,000 into building maintenance.  Looking at lots of retirements within the various offices.  Building Department issued $ 6000 in building permits the last week of March and $13,000 in the first week of April, so lots of building in the County.

Fire: M Fitzpatrick -12 runs, runs increase significantly so far this year.

Sewer: S Brundage-presented generator quotes, need to include in budget for 2019-2020.  MI Rural Water still working on Asset Management Report.  Vactor truck is still out for repairs on clutch. 

-Motion by Baker-Marek, seconded by Siburt to approve Omni Beacon System up to $7,500.  Motion approved, ayes-all.

-Emergency Siren, timer is on back order, siren can still be activated manually or by Central Dispatch.

DPW: R Gooding-Spencer Cemetery and Crystal Park done. 1st part of May will be putting up the flags and the banners.

Duck Lake Improvement: D Wight-Have received permits, lake treatments have been scheduled.  Public hearing July 8-for next 3 year assessment.

DDA: D Wight- Planning for summer season of Music in the Park.  Also,Jet Ski raffle-tickets available soon. Will be placing flowers on Main Street.

Montcalm Police Report: Monthly Report was reviewed by OfficerMcConnell,

Community Center Committee: Townhall meeting Wednesday, April 17 at 7PM to discuss options for the community center, facilitated by Rob Atkins from Kingscott.


Correspondence: Monthly Correspondence was presented.

a. DEQ-Site Review, T Erskin

b. DEQ-Site Restoration, K Sowers

c. DEQ-2019 Campground License-Crystal Motor Speedway

d.  DEQ-950 N Shore, Public Notice


Unfinished Business

a. Bank, RFP’s-no action.

b.  Road Commission Contracts:  Motion by Baker-Marek, seconded by Siburt to approve Road Contracts totaling $141,163 with the county 10% share.  Motion carried, ayes-all.

-Crack Seal Locations to be determined.                                $8,325

-Provide 50 hours of ditching                                              $6,250

-Brush spray, $2,000 match from Rd Commission                   $2,000

-Gravel Pakes from Mt Hope to E County Line (1mi)                $15,181

-Gravel Spencer from Crystal to Blackmer (1.5 mi)                   $22,772

-Gravel Spencer from Blackmer to Mt Hope (1mi)                    $15,181

-Wedge & Seal Holland Lake from Sloan to Crystal (1mi)          $30,176

-Wedge & Seal Holland Lake from Senator to Sloan (1mi)         $26,096

-Resurface Senator from Holland Lake S 1 mile                       $7,591

          (split with Evergreen)

-Resurface Senator from Condensery N 1 mile                        $7,591

          (split with Evergreen)

c.  Beach Front Lease, no action

New Business:

a. Porta Johns:  Motion by Bahm, seconded by Baker-Marek to approve estimate from Jasons Septic in the amount of $2593 for season.  Motion carried: ayes-all.

b. Zero Turn Estimate: Motion by Siburt, seconded by Bahm to approve purchase of Zero Turn from Bush Hardware in the amount of $2,900 with trade in. Motion carried: ayes-all.

c.  Park Advisory Committee:  Motion by Baker-Marek, seconded by Siburt to approve establishing a Crystal Park Advisory Committee, members Jeremy Sheets, Barb Leonard, Diane Rydahl, Chris Johnston, Pat McShosh and Kim Morgan.  Motion carried: ayes-all.

d. Roof-Noll Park, estimate from Mud Creek Construction for “Hockey” building in the amount of $4,250.  No action taken. 

e. Street Light Contract:  Resolution: 

RESOLVED, that it is herby deemed advisable to authorize Consumers Energy Company to make changes in the lighting service as proved in the Standard Lighting Contract between the Company and the Township of Crystal, dated 9/28/2018 in accordance with the Authorization for Change in Standard Lighting Contract dated 4/9/2019,

Heretofore submitted to and considered by this board and

RESOLVED, further, that the Crystal Township Clerk be and are authorized to execute such authorization for change on behalf of the Township.

Roll Call Vote:           Kutt -aye

Siburt – aye

McCracken – aye

Baker-Marek – aye

Bahm – aye

Motion carried, ayes all.


f.  Carson City Crystal Library Board.  Motion by Kutt, seconded by Baker-Marek to appoint Shirley Pyle to the Library Board.  Motion approved, ayes-all.

Public Comment

K Morgan, Household Hazardous Waste at the County is the same day as the Township Clean up Day.

D Wight, be aware that establishing and Park Committee as Advisory dictates the level of decisions they can make.

Motioned by Baker Marek, seconded by Bahm to adjourn at 7:59


Submitted by

Pat Baker-Marek, Clerk

Patty Baker-Marek