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 on: January 11, 2020, 12:36:06 AM 
Started by scottmat28 - Last post by scottmat28
As many of you know, this past summer the Township Board created a committee to explore what to do with the township offices/community center.  They also hired a consulting/engineering/design firm to develop options for the community center and to lead a series of public meetings to gather community input on what to do with the center.  The prevalent opinion of the community was to preserve the gymnasium and in some form downsize and rehab the office portion of the building.  Sale of the property was one option considered and was rejected by the community by a large margin.

After completion of the series of public meetings the Board-created committee then sent out a survey to all persons on the township tax rolls in an attempt to get a broader consensus on what the community wanted to see done with the community center.  They received a response from 20% of the surveys sent out, which is a very good response rate in the world of surveys.  Again, the clear message from the community was to retain the community center in its present location.

Fast forward to the December 2019 Township board meeting: Supervisor Curt McCracken reported that he had been approached by someone with interests in the marijuana business to purchase the community center property for a substantial sum of money - enough to build new, smaller township offices without asking for a millage.  Disregarding community input clearly indicating a desire to retain the community center, and even though the township board did not pursue or consider other expressions of interest to purchase the center during the public hearing process, the Board decided at that meeting to advertise the various parcels making up the community center property for sale.  No investigation, no due diligence, no bid document, just throw an ad in the newspaper. 

It has now come to light that the money behind the offer to purchase is for a marijuana processing plant.  At the January 2020 board meeting bids were opened.  The marijuana group has bid $1.25 million for the property to put a marijuana processing facility in the downtown business district, across the street from the public park.  The meeting was packed with community members, most of whom expressed vehement opposition to the sale of this property for use as a marijuana processing plant.  Concerns ranged from the noxious odors generated from processing to loss of the center and all related parking (which will affect nearby churches and business, particularly the movie theater.  The largest concern expressed was not opposition to marijuana processing, but rather whether this was appropriate location for a marijuana processing plant, given its proximity to the business district, the park, and the lake.   

I personally am not opposed to the business concept, but like others I am concerned that the community center property is not a proper location for this type of business.  I fear that it will negatively impact the resort feel of the community, hurt the business of the movie theater, and potentially harm property values and the resort business that local establishments rely on to remain viable.  It is is also a total rejection of the expressed desire of the community to retain the community center at its current location.

The Board tabled any action on the bids received until its February meeting.  It should be noted that other bids were submitted by two churches and the owners of the movie theater for all or certain parcels of the property (although the Board intended to accept bids for all parcels as one single sales package,  the poorly crafted advertisement for bids listed each parcel for sale separately and did not specify that all parcels were being sold as a unit, so some entities bid on individual parcels in reliance on the stated wording of the ad) but it is clear that there is only one bid the Board is seriously entertaining.

If you have an opinion on the whether or not the township board should sell the community center to a group intent on putting in a marijuana processing plant, I would urge you to make your opinion known to the members of the board.  Their emails are: Supervisor Curt McCracken: supervisor@crystalmi.com, Clerk Patty Baker-Marek: clerk@crystalmi.com, Treasurer Nancy Mills: treasurer@crystalmi.com, Trustee George Bahm: gtrustee@crystalmi.com, and Trustee Sherry Kutt: strustee@crystalmi.com.  I would also appreciate it if you would also simply post to this thread that you contacted the board in favor of the sale or in opposition to the sale.  No judgement here on your opinion, I would simply like to get a count of the people expressing their opinion as information to take to the February board meeting.

 on: May 04, 2016, 06:49:03 AM 
Started by scottmat28 - Last post by scottmat28
Spring - Fall weekly cottage rental - see our listing at www.vrbo.com/58266

 on: June 01, 2014, 03:06:36 PM 
Started by srm - Last post by srm
2014 Reminder
New online link...

 on: May 04, 2014, 02:13:15 PM 
Started by srm - Last post by Bonnie
Woo Hoo! Temps may hit 80 this week!
 Woo Hoo! Over 100 members have renewed membership so far!
 Woo Hoo! Putting pontoon in TODAY! Getting Spring Phosphorous test done also!
 Woo Hoo! Lake Directory going to print tomorrow!
 Woo Hoo! Get your membership in to receive the 2014 spectacular directory and support our local advertisers! All profit goes to the SPECTACULAR 4th of JULY FIREWORKS!!

 on: May 04, 2014, 02:12:22 PM 
Started by srm - Last post by Bonnie
Hi Everyone! We are getting ready to go to print on the 2014 Cottage Directory. They will be handed out door to door over Memorial Weekend for all members who have renewed by that weekend! Get your membership in to receive the Crystal Lake Association Cottage Directory!! Go to www. crystalonline.org to renew! Membership is $35 and contributions towards the fireworks are most welcomed!

 on: May 04, 2014, 02:11:07 PM 
Started by Bonnie - Last post by Bonnie
Attended the Michigan Inland Lakes/Michigan Lakes & Stream Conference this past week. It was a very informative conference and I did extensive training on plant identification. This year a complete plant mapping of the lake will be conducted with the assistance of Dr Jo Latimore, MSU Fisheries & Wildlife, on site to help for a full day to ensure we are on track with correct plant ID. Some invasives (eurasion milfoil) look very similar to native milfoil and if we have any questions as to what we are looking at, she will be there to answer. Would you like to volunteer to help us with this project, got some extra time?, let us know!

 In addition, we are excited to help MSU with eDNA samples from our lake. A two year grant at MSU has assisted in the development of a eDNA prototype where water samples will be tested for invasive DNA, such as golden mussels or starry stonewart. 15 invasive DNA's will be checked by this eDNA test to see if they exist in our lake! The best part, this is no cost to our cottage owners!

 The staff of MSU, DNR/DEQ and MLSA are to be commended on the quality of presentations, variety of topics and information available at this conference! Kuddo's to all!!

 on: February 03, 2014, 12:36:59 PM 
Started by sdingle - Last post by sdingle
Boat is excellent condition and is stored in Crystal, Mi.

 on: January 16, 2014, 07:07:09 AM 
Started by Bonnie - Last post by Bonnie
Attached is the listing of events and times for the upcoming Winter Festival Feb 8, 2014!  Come enjoy the wonder of winter at the lake!!

 on: January 12, 2014, 07:28:18 PM 
Started by Bonnie - Last post by Bonnie
The Township is having problems with sewer grinder/lifts due to wet wipes!  The Township requests you not "Flush" any type of wet wipe even if they say they are disposable!  There seems to be fibers that do not dissolve and wrap up in the grinders.  Many other sewer districts are having the same problems and it has even been reported in the Grand Rapid city news.  So, let's avoid extra costs and just throw the wipes in the trash and not down the toilet!!  Thanks!!

 on: January 12, 2014, 07:22:53 PM 
Started by Bonnie - Last post by Bonnie
Come enjoy the Winter Festival Feb 8th at the Lake!  Horse Drawn carriage rides, dogsled rides, ice fishing derby, polar dip, sky lantern lift off, fireworks, and much more.  New this year will be a craft show at the Township hall!  See you there!

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