CRYSTAL TOWNSHIP — A number of roads will see work this summer that should help ease driving conditions for motorists who drive through the Crystal area.
Members of the Crystal Township Board voted unanimously Wednesday evening to approve $110,214 in funds generated from 1.2 mills approved in 2010 to have the Road Commission for Montcalm County repair and improve a number of roads throughout the area.
Board members discussed a number of roads that could use repair and resurfacing this summer and eventually settled on upgrading four roads, as well as providing brush spray to kill roadside plants, applying 7,200 pounds of crack seal and replacing two culverts.
The projects include:
• Brush spray: $2,000
• Holland Lake Road from Blackmer to Mt. Hope roads: $11,002
• Holland Lake Road from Minor to Blackmer roads: $11,002
• Holland Lake Road from Crystal to Miner roads: $11,002
• Lincoln and Division streets from Colby to Crystal roads: $18,358
• Parker Street from Sidney to Lakeview roads: $12,152
• Quarterline Street from Sidney road to Crawford Street (.15 miles): $18,986
• Overband crack seal, 7,200 lbs.: $8,856
• Replace culverts on Holland Lake Road between Miner and Bollinger roads and Beardsley road: $10,000
• Total cost for all projects: $110,214
Crystal Township Supervisor Chris Johnston said he was satisfied with the board’s chosen projects, given the available funds.
“I’m happy with the roads we selected,” he said. “We want to stop the gravel from washing into the catch basins, otherwise we have to clean them every time it rains. This will help save them.”
Clerk Bob Naumann said he is pleased to see that Holland Lake Road will be graveled from Crystal to Mt. Hope roads, and also that work will be done on a few of the downtown streets as well.
“In doing something in town, Lincoln/Division Street is probably one of the worst we have,” he said.
Naumann said he spoke with Road Commission Managing Director Mark Christensen for advice on which roads needed the most work, and said the board’s decision reflects that opinion.
“Unfortunately, the nasty winter we had with extremely cold temperatures has cracked up new pavement on roads like Colby Road,” he said. “The addition of crack seal should help a bit.”
In Other Matters …
The Crystal Township Board:
• Voted unanimously to pay $1,000 to the Montcalm County Conservation District for payment of services.
• Voted unanimously to allow Passion for Hope to rent the Crystal Township Community Center each Friday, Saturday and Sunday in October toe a “haunting” fundraiser event.
• Voted 4-1 with Jason Anderson opposed to allow Herbal Vibrations, a new massage business, to open in the community center for six months at a rate of $50 per month.
• Voted unanimously to purchase equipment for the Crystal Township Fire Department for approximately $2,400 with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources paying half that amount through a grant.
• Voted 2-3 to hire Peerless Midwest to evaluate the township’s de-watering well for $500, meaning the motion failed. Johnston and Naumann voted in favor of the motion.
• Voted unanimously to approve budget line item adjustments to meet necessary percentages.
• Voted unanimously to approve crushed asphalt for the fire barn parking area in the amount of $1,640 by Dan’s Dirtworks.
• Voted unanimously to approve a proposal from CMS to provide fax options on site to back up and provide remote monitoring services as well as quarterly onsite maintenance for six months.
• Voted unanimously to allow Bloom Slugget Morgan PC to represent the township in a tax tribunal hearing.
• Voted unanimously to approve an additional classroom for Head Start at a cost of $450 per month.
• Voted unanimously to increase the rent for the alternative education program at the Crystal Township Community Center. Rent for 2013-2014 was $3,000. For 2014-2015, rent will increase to $6,000 if there are 15 students or less enrolled, $9,000 if there are 15 to 19 students, and $15,000 if there are 20 or more students.
• Voted 4-1 with Kurt McCracken opposed to approve the annual salary for the township assessor at $11 per parcel.
• Voted unanimously to allow the Chamber of Commerce to act as the authority of the farmers market.