Crystal Township approves brine contract

By Cory Smith • Last Updated 9:46 pm on Friday, April 10, 2015


CRYSTAL TOWNSHIP — Members of the Crystal Township Board approved a number of contract agreements Wednesday evening for the overall improvement of local roads.

The most expensive agreement came with an unanimous vote on a contract with the Road Commission for Montcalm County.

Board members voted 4-0 — Clerk Bob Naumann was absent — for the Road Commission to  provide three applications of the anti-ice compound brine at two passes per road in the amount of $33,433.

Trustee Kurt McCracken said he also wanted to see action taken on a contract to repair a culvert on Holland Lake Road, but that motion was tabled along with a motion to approve a contract to pave Sunset Boulevard.

“It’s failing underneath, it’s an old wood structure,” he said. “If it totally fails, it could cost us mega-bucks.”

Supervisor Chris Johnston said he would prefer that a decision for repairs wait until board members could review details during a ride-along with Road Commission Superintendent Mark Christensen.

“If we do that, we can go over all of our contracts and roads, and see what we really want to do with them,” Johnston said.

Board members also unanimously approved to catalog township records at a cost not to exceed $340. Johnston said it is the first step toward eventually having an electronic record of township documents. Many township documents currently sit unorganized in boxes in an office room, dating back several decades.

“The old records were put in boxes in a back room that no one has any organized record of,” he said. “This isn’t yet doing it electronically or anything … just finding out what we have.”

Board members also unanimously approved to increase the size of the township’s dumpster from 6 yards in length to 8 yards, to deal accommodate overflowing trash.

There are times right now that after I dump the trash from Head Start and the alternative ed program, along with whatever I have, I’m full,” Department of Public Works Supervisor Roger Gooding said. “Sometimes I can’t even get (through) the full two weeks and it’s full.”

The township will continue to contract with Sidney Sanitation at a new cost of $1,154, compared to the previous contract at approximately $800. The dumpster will be emptied once every week for seven months of the year, and once every other year during the five months surrounding the winter season.

“For two yards more, if you do the math, we’re actually getting more for our buck,” Gooding said.

Board members also unanimously approved a new contract with Ferris Township to provide fire coverage in the lower third of the township.

Ferris Township will pay Crystal Township $10,750, which is an improvement from the previous fee of $5,000, which had been in effect since 1995, according to Johnston.

“They’ve always paid $5,000 … I told them I think we need to move it to $8,000,” he said. “It turns out they have a fire millage in the township, and they were able to pay us a third of what that millage gives them.

Johnston said the township will review the contract again when Ferris Township’s millage ends in two years.

In other matters …

Also during Wednesday’s meeting, the Crystal Township Board:

• Approved purchasing new flags for Crystal Cemetery in the amount of $267.77.
• Approved purchasing a new Toro lawnmower for $2,800 from Bush Hardware.
• Approved a resolution for a charitable gaming license for the Downtown Development Authority to hold a raffle in the summer.
• Approved an amended contract to allow the Carson City Library Board to move Crystal Community Library to the Crystal Community Center at a fee of $550 per month.

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