Meeting Minutes

Township Meeting Minutes

May 8, 2019 Meeting Minutes

Crystal Township Board Meeting
May 8, 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
6-23-19 Goose Round Up
5-21-19 Weed Survey will be done on Crystal Lake
Would like name plates placed in front of each board member, to allow audience to know who is speaking.
D Rydhal suggested that a Police Officer/Sheriff come talk to people of the township about behavior of teens, to be aware of trending behaviors.

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

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

Montcalm County: C Johnston-
County Clean Up day will take place 6/15/19 at Mid Michigan Health Department.  Lawsuit with the auditors has been settled for $650,000.
Fire:  Fitzpatrick - 6 Runs total in April, no Burn permits issued.
Sewer: S Brundage-Temporary panel for the sewer pump on south shore taken out on 5/3/19 is up and running.  Insurance adjuster was in town 5/7/19 to estimate damage repairs, may up to $80,000.
DPW: R Gooding- All cemetery maintenance is done and mowed. Trees trimmed up at cemetery and south shore park. Porta pot has been put at cemetery & Noll park.
Duck Lake Improvement: ABSENT, nothing to report.
DDA: D Wight- ABSENT, P Baker-Marek stated that the DDA BUDGET for 2019-2020 has been submitted for the budget meeting in June.
Montcalm Police Report: Monthly Report was reviewed by Officer McConnell, 166 hours of patrol, 21 complaints, 3 arrests. Only highlight was domestic assault on 4/17/19.
Community Center Committee: S Pyle presented notes from the Town Hall meeting on 4/17/19, good turn out and community involvement. Next town hall meeting 5/15/19.
Park Development Committee: DRydhal the committee has identified funding/fundraising opportunities. They will have a thermometer to keep the public of how we are doing to reach our goals. Next step is to have survey work done estimated cost of $2,000 and also have soil boring done costing an estimated $5,000. Motion by K Siburt seconded by S Kutt to create a new account for Park Project to keep donations and expenses separated from the General Fund.  Motion carried: ayes-all.

Correspondence: Monthly Correspondence was presented.
a. Montcalm County, Community & Physical Resource Committee
b. Montcalm County Planning Commission, Solar & Wind
c. Consumer Energy
d. M Heckler, Marina

Unfinished Business
a. Bank—No action was taken to move bank accounts at this time, based on current interest rates.
b. Beach Front Lease –C McCracken indicated that a tentative lease agreement of $10,000 for 1 year for 139 feet of beach and parking.  No motion.  

c. Roof – Noll Park Building—Estimate has been received for $4,250. Discussion that the building is not practical for storage of township equipment. All that is stored in the building now is old hockey equipment, excessive Youth League equipment.  No motion

New Business:

a. Book Share—Motion by Bahm, seconded by Baker-Marek to approve 3 book share boxes from Carson City Schools, Rita Hockemeyer, to be placed throughout the township. Motion carried: ayes-all.
b. Recycling Dumpsters—Discussion regarding moving the recycle dumpsters to Noll Park.  No Motion.
c. 2019-2020 Budget—Budget Hearing will be, 6pm June 12 upcoming fiscal year.
d. Fun & Fit—Motion by Siburt, seconded by Kutt to allow D Bailey, to host an exercise class in the Community Room M/T/W 9-10, $2/person starting after Memorial Day. The money will be donated back to the township after insurance.  Motion carried: ayes-all.
e. Sidewalk & Stair Repair—S Kutt would like estimates done for repairs to the sidewalk and the stairs at the park. She will get bids.
f. Building—Discussion to start evaluating un-used objects in the Community Center that can be sold or trashed. This will have to be done as we move forward with decisions regarding the Community Center, we could be ahead of the game. No motion
g. Anti-Funneling—Discussion of over-use of Lake with another new marina potentially being approved on north side of the lake. Per C Bloom, Township Attorney, it would be in the township’s best interest to look into Zoning before anti-funneling can be addressed.  Would not recommend supporting any Anti-Funneling Ordinance without having Zoning in place.

10. Public Comment
S Meinhardt-Township needs an Anti-funneling Ordinance to protect property values.  Homes surrounding any marina are impacted.
P Waldron-Chamber of Commerce would like to continue to have the Farmers Market in the Parking Lot of the Community Center on Saturday & Sundays starting the holiday weekends.  No motion but the board agreed to continue.

Mark-would like to be on the agenda to discuss possible Medical Marijuana Dispensary at the Laundry Mat. 


Motion by Bahm, seconded Kutt to adjourn at 8:44.  Motion carried: ayes-all.


Patty Baker-Marek