July 17, 2019 Special Meeting Minutes
Crystal Township Board Meeting
July 17, 2019
Crystal Community Center
The meeting was called to order by Supervisor McCracken, followed by the Pledge of Allegiance.
Members Present: C McCracken, S Kutt, K Siburt, G Bahm, P Baker-Marek
Public Comment: Public was allowed time to make comments.
S Pyle: July 18, 2018 a Town Hall Meeting was held regarding the Community Center, the board appointed members to the committee that later hired Kingscott. 4 public meetings have been held to get input from the community. 80% of those in attendance at the meetings voted in favor of 1.75 mills for 15 years totaling 2.6 million. The committee supports placing this millage proposal on the November ballot.
M Fitzpatrick: Concerned the additional millage on the November ballot would impact the Fire Millage. This is an operating millage, if this does not pass is the township willing and able to support the fire department. How will it be received by the community to put too much on the citizens at 1 time.
S. Pyle: To say the voters of the community would not look at each proposal and vote accordingly is an insult to the intelligence of the citizens. It is saying the residents are stupid.
J. Sheets: He feels that same as M Fitzpatrick, these are separate issues, the public does not look at it that way. It is a lot of money to ask for from the average person, the public is seeing 2.6 millions, here . We have the park project going are we asking too much from the public. It is bad timing.
D Rydahl: There was the option from Kingscott that we continue to meet with the community, postpose the vote until spring, we need to keep flushing this out.
Approval of Agenda- Motion by Bahm, seconded by Siburt to Accept and Approve Agenda. Motion-carried: ayes: all.
Community Center: millage/bond proposal- Motion by Siburt, seconded by Baker-Marek to have more community townhall meetings and meetings with Kingscott to gather additional data to get input for the board to decide at a later date whether or not to place on the May Ballot. Motion carried: ayes-all.
There was a lot of discussion from the board and community members prior to the final motion and approval.
S Pyle: the committee has a lot of things to work out.
B Leonard: 3 elementary schools within 50 miles for sale that aren’t selling. The elementary school in Breckenridge is for sale for $89,000 for the past 15 years. We got a bad deal for $1.
R Martin: Has attended all meetings, feel there is a bias and personal feelings we need to set those aside and concentrate on what is best for the community not personal issues.
B Leonard: Concerned that the township sells the whole parcel.
D Wight: If we had a master plan all of this may have been avoided. This township needs a plan. Use Bloomer’s master plan. Approve the DDA Redevelopment plan in 1995 and 2002, board needs to read it.
Motion by Bahm, supported by Siburt to adjourn at 8:10 . Motion carried, ayes-all.
Minutes Certified:Patty Baker-Marek, Clerk.