CRYSTAL FALLS TOWNSHIP—The Crystal Falls Township Board of Trustees completed its budget workshop March 21, approving a 2012-13 budget.
The township will receive 3.5 mills from residents and 1.2 mills from the county. Total general fund revenue was calculated at $637,850; the board also approved $543,060 in expenses for the year.
At its monthly meeting, the board heard a report from Curt Stebic of the township’s planning commission.
Of the issues the commission was directed to consider, he said, in the matter of garbage pickup, the township could save money by scheduling pickup every other week during the winter months.
He said money could be saved by scheduling only one spring clean-up date, and possibly combining recycling with Crystal Falls.
Township Supervisor Tom Lesandrini said he had also talked to Great American Disposal about picking up in some areas of the township that are close to the city, and thought the city would work with them on that proposal.
One spring clean-up date was scheduled for May 19 from 8 a.m. until noon. A list of acceptable items will be posted.
the board chose not to pursue a Rural Development grant opportunity for sewer improvements in the Tobin Location.
The monthly rate increase for residents would be excessive, the board thought, in comparison to the scope of the project.
“The problems aren’t big enough to warrant the increase,” Lesandrini said.
The township also chose not to participate in an invasive species ordinance for Chicaugon Lake.
Basically, Lesandrini said, the ordinance requires a sticker “for anything that floats.” He didn’t feel the township should get involved with enforcing ordinances on the lake.
The fire protection agreement with Lake Mary residents expired on March 31. Lesandrini said the fire department needs to coordinate with 911 dispatch and the Alpha-Mastodon Township Fire Department for arrangements.
At no time, he told Fire Chief Ray Niemi, would Crystal Falls ever not respond if needed; but agreements for reimbursement needed to be draw up.
Niemi reported the department responded to three fire calls in February, and held one practice.
Clerk Joanne Seppala reminded the board that election petitions needed to be filed with the county by May 15 for the August primary election. She informed the board that she would not be running for another term.
The board set its annual compensation resolution.
The supervisor, treasurer and trustees will remain at the current salary; the clerk will received a 2.7 percent increase.
Compensation was also set for the clerk and treasurer for additional duties involved with the summer tax collections.
The board approved setting its summer meeting schedule for the second Tuesday of each month at 4:30 p.m., beginning with the April meeting.
The board gave its support to two grants for Crystal Falls.
The city is applying for a DNR Trust Fund grant for Runkle Lake Campground improvements and a DNR Passport grant for the Crystella Ski Hill.
Jeff Bal, a member of the Crystella Recreation Association, asked if the board could budget in some funding for ski hill operations.
“We’ve achieved our goals for the hill this year,” he said, both in maintaining scheduling and in the sale of season passes. “We need continued support.”
In the past, he added, the township had provided a tow rope operator.
The structure of the hill’s operation has changed, Lesandrini said, and the township’s budget could not legally support operations.
“We don’t want to be tied to an amount,” he told Bal.
He suggested Bal come back to the board with some specific needs, and the board may look at contributing to a project.