Meeting Minutes

Township Meeting Minutes

Aug 14, 2019 Meeting Minutes

Crystal Township Board Meeting
August 14, 2019
7:00 p.m.
Crystal Community Center

The meeting was called to order by Supervisor C McCracken at 7:00 p.m.  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

D Bailey-Recreational Marijuana-has submitted a referendum petition to have on the November ballot to prohibit Marijuana establishments in Crystal Township.  Expect to have informational meetings in October to educate the voters.

K Siburt-phone call from Roy Hopkins thanking the township for repair work done on Holland Lake Rd.


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

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

Montcalm County: C Johnston-
County is currently working on the budget, expect a balanced budget will be presented to the Commissioners at the next regular meeting.

Fire: M Fitzpatrick – Busy month, need repairs on truck for #3, dash board lights $1200.  Motion by Siburt, seconded by Kutt to approve estimate from Apollo for $6948 for SCBA tanks and ProComm for $737 for 3 pagers and battery.  Motion carried:  ayes-all.  Also received a donation from Richland Fire Department for extrication equipment.

Sewer: SBrundage- #9 and #10 has new pumps completed.  Also received the new generator.

DPW: R Gooding- Tractor has been taken in for repair, pedals not working.  Motion by Baker-Marek, seconded by Siburt to approve $555 to Bush Hardware to rent aE-5 dozer to clean up the Brush and compost pile.  Motion carried, ayes-all.

Duck Lake Improvement: Nothing to report.

DDA: D Wight-Nothing to report.

Montcalm Police Report: July has been a busy month.  He has been reassigned effective September 1, new officer, Sergeant Germaine.  Siburt asked if tickets were being issued on Waldron Road around the boat launch on week-ends.  Thank you Officer McConnell for your service to our community.

Community Center Committee: S Pyle presented requesting a Special Meeting/Workshop—scheduled for August 21 to give direction to the committee.

Park Development Committee: J Sheets -Fundraiser at the Sail Club $9100.  Currently working on an in kind donation for excavating and trucking.  Also has a $40,000 donation if we can get a match. 

7. Correspondence:

a.      Weidbrauk Drain

b.      Consumer Hearings

c.       Chemical Bank/TCF Bank


8.  Unfinished Business
a. Assessor, Motion by Siburt, seconded by Baker-Marek to contract with Caitlyn Zemla at $13 per parcel at 2459 parcels for 2019, 2020 tax years.  Motion carried:ayes-all.

b. Head Start Space Agreement:  Motion by Baker-Marek, seconded by Bahm to approve the revised Head Start Space Agreement.  Motion carried: ayes-all.

9.  New Business

a.       Swim Buoys: Motion by Baker-Marek, seconded by Siburt to send $500 to Montcalm County Marine Patrol for installation of the swim buoys at the beach property.  Motion carried: ayes-all.

b.      Fall Clean-up: Motion by Baker-Marek, seconded by Siburt -Fall Clean up: September 14, 2019 for 3 compactor trucks, no electronic recycling. Motion carried:  ayes-all.

c.       Insurance Proposal:  Motion by Baker-Marek, seconded by Bahm to accept proposal from EMC Insurance in the amount of $21,993.  Motion carried:  ayes-all.

d.      Pickleball/Tennis Courts:  request for Kutt to establish a 3 person committee to develop RFP’s for the contruction/repair of the pickleball/tennis courts.  Agreed for her to go ahead.

e.      Duck Lake Improvement Board: Motion by Bahm, seconded by Baker-Marek to accept resignation for R Muscott and appoint Tony Spalsbury at the township representative to the DLIB.  Motion carried:  ayes-all.

f.        Homeworks METRO Permit: Motion by Baker-Marek, seconded by Kutt to accept the METRO permit from Tri-County Electric Cooperative.  Motion carried: ayes-all.



S Brundage:  Sewer Department is having issues with WET WIPES again, it destroys motors and propellers at the cost of $6,000 each.

C Johnson:  Thank you for the Chamber for the successful Car Show last week-end.

K Morgan:  concerned with people parking outside parking area at S Shore Pier.

B Leonard:  other lakes have property owners taking pictures of boats traveling the wrong way around the lake, turn the pictures over to law enforcement.  This has helped eliminate the problem.

Motion by Bahm, seconded by Siburt to Adjourned: 8:02.  Motion carried:  ayes-all.  

Patty Baker-Marek