CRYSTAL FALLS TOWNSHIP—Although not involved with the operation of the Crystella Ski Hill, Crystal Falls Township has helped out the new management of the recreational facility in several areas.
The Board of Trustees approved donating water for the ice rink and using fire department funds to purchase four fire extinguishers.
Fire Chief Ray Niemi, reporting to the board at its Jan. 18 meeting, said the water for the rink was applied “in one big wave,” using fire department apparatus.
Approximately 2,000 gallons was used to fill the rink with about an inch of ice. Three to six inches have been put on.
Rather than spraying the water, the wave “levels out,” he added.
Township Supervisor Tom Lesandrini added an update about the hill, noting the concessions are open, and the facility passed all inspections.
“Financially, they’re doing OK,” he said, having received donations of money and in-kind services, including Connor Sport Flooring, which helped with the lodge.
The hill is open, weather permitting, Tuesdays from 4 to 8 p.m., Fridays from 4 to 9 p.m., Saturdays from noon to 9 p.m. and Sundays from noon to 4 p.m.
Daily passes are $8, a season pass is $35 and family passes are $80.
Season passes may also be used for night skiing at Ski Brule.
the board reviewed the 2012-13 township budget.
Some areas look good, Lesandrini said, but a big problem area is with garbage collection and recycling, which operates at a deficit every year.
“We have to come up with a plan,” he said, adding he was looking at spending $8,000 for bags this year.
“Raising the bag price to $4 or more isn’t the answer,” he said, suggesting that perhaps going to a sticker system would be more economical.
The township’s budget hearing is set for March.
The board approved the township taking over summer tax collection from the Forest Park School District, pending discussion on compensation.
Lesandrini discussed the township’s three-year road plan, which is submitted annually to the Iron County Road Commission.
Two are on the list to pave—Idlewild Road in 2013 and Lind Road in 2014.
“I’d like to look at this during the budget hearing,” he said.
In the past, he explained, the township provided gravel to the Road Commission.
“I’ve requested for some of our roads to be graveled, and they say they haven’t the manpower.
“I will be talking with the Road Commission. They own the roads, and we’re paying 110 percent for projects.
“Maybe we can get more of our roads graveled and chloride. I’d like to work through a plan with Doug (Tomasoski, ICRC Superintendent). I’d also like to bring it to the planning commission.
in other business:
--The board approved a resolution for the county’s amended solid waste plan.
--Lesandrini discussed goals for the township for the year. One is working with the EDC to continue progress on the township’s industrial park. There have been a few site visits, he said, and there is interest.
He added with the changes in the county’s Economic Development Corporation, the township could look at doing development on its own, working through the planning commission, the Crystal Falls Business Association and even the school district.
Consolation of services should continue to move forward as well, he said, including roads, garbage and recycling.
--The board approved $610 annual membership to the Iron County Chamber of Commerce.