CRYSTAL – The new Crystal Community Center is filling up fast.
EightCAP’s Head Start program and the Crystal Community Library both are planning to move into the former Crystal Elementary School. However, plans to relocate the Crystal Department of Public Works are on hold for now.
Head Start is planning to move from its classroom on Main Street in leased township property into the southwest wing of the community center. The township is remodeling two former classrooms into a large one for Head Start.
“It would almost double their square footage,” said Township Clerk Bob Naumann.
Head Start plans to move into the building in January after remodeling work is done but before the second semester starts.
The township and the Crystal Community Library are working on plans to move the library to the community center, almost tripling its square footage. The library will occupy two rooms on the south side of the community center.
“We’re taking out a 10-foot opening, but otherwise there won’t be much remodeling for the library move,” Naumann said.
A few months ago, the township was seriously discussing the possibility of moving the Department of Public Works (DPW) to the community center, away from its current location at the Wastewater Treatment Plant.
“Our DPW has always been in the same building and we would like them to have their own room,” said Superintendent Charlie Braman.
However, this suggestion has been tabled for now because some residents were concerned with exhaust fumes from trucks and mowers contaminating the air at the community center.
The township currently is seeking bids for replacing windows in the building. The deadline for bids is Oct. 7 and township board members plan to choose a contractor at their Oct. 12 meeting.
“(Replacing windows) has to happen before the bad weather comes in,” said Township Trustee Jerry Stone.
The township is still looking for community input on uses for the Crystal Community Center. Naumann encourages residents to call the township office at (989) 235-4800 to submit ideas.