Public hearing set for DDA and other economic development zones

FLINT TWP. — Public hearings have been set at 7 p.m. Dec. 18 for a proposed establishment of a Downtown Development Authority (DDA) and two Corridor Improvement Authorities (CIA) in the Beecher Road and Bristol Road areas. The hearings will be held during the township board meeting at the Township Hall at 1490 South Dye Rd. The township board has […]

Collecting for less fortunate

GENESEE COUNTY – The Food Bank of Eastern Michigan’s Holiday Campaign is officially underway, with the organization already having raised more than $8,000 as of Nov. 28. This year marks the Food Bank’s 21st annual Holiday Campaign, which was conceived in order to help provide food for the men, women and families in 22 counties throughout east Michigan during the […]

Treasurer loses seat on labor negotiating team

FLINT TWP. – In a contentious decision that narrowly passed by a 4-3 vote, the township board has replaced the treasurer with a trustee on the township’s contract negotiation team, for the remainder of their four-year term, ending in 2020. Treasurer Lisa Anderson vigorously fought against the change which began at the beginning of her term last year when she […]

Police Blotter

Police warn about suspicious man approaching homes FLINT TWP. — As of Tuesday, Nov. 21, Flint Township Police received complaints from residents regarding a suspicious male coming to their homes asking for money. The suspect says that his wife was involved in a car accident nearby and he needed money to pay for a tow truck. Officers obtained a description […]

Local officials get once-in-a-lifetime look inside Water Treatment Plant

OREGON TOWNSHIP — Calling it “the most important economic tool since General Motors was founded,” Genesee County Commissioner Mark Young and a host of other dignitaries unveiled the new Genesee County Water Treatment Plant last week. A Tuesday, Nov. 21, press conference included tours of the facility that will convert raw water drafted from Lake Huron into a potable resource […]

Look for Old Newsboys next weekend at select street corners and off-road locations

FLINT TWP. — For the first time since 2015, volunteers for Old Newsboys (ONB) can legally return to some street corners on Friday, December 8, to sell special newspapers and accept donations from drivers in vehicles. A township Traffic Safety Ordinance, in effect since March 2015 banned all such street solicitation in Flint Township. It impacted both panhandlers and charitable […]

Board agrees to allow more time for public comment

FLINT TWP. — Residents who regularly attend and comment and township board meetings have long lamented being restricted to three minutes speaking time. But that will now change with the board’s approval to extend the speaking time to four minutes per person. The four-minute limit, which passed 4-3, was an amended agreement initiated by Trustee Frank Kasle. It was first […]

Excessive force lawsuit headed for million-dollar settlement

FLINT TWP. — A federal court hearing to settle a $1.390 million wrongful death lawsuit against the township is set for Nov. 30 in United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan. The case involved the shooting death of Dominique Lewis, 23, who was killed by a township police officer during a traffic stop on Flushing Road in […]

In brief

Confusion on Election Day FLINT TWP. — Clerk Kathy Funk reported about 100 people mistakenly showed up at township polling places on Election Day because they wanted to vote in the Flint mayoral race. One went so far as to file a voter disenfranchisement complaint against Funk because his polling place was not open. Only township voters who live in […]

What I did on my summer vacation

That’s right, I’m back. When I took sick leave in July, I wasn’t sure when I was coming back to this job. I was suffering from cirrhosis of the liver and needed a liver transplant in a bad way. Fortunately, I received my new liver Sept. 6 and returned to the newspaper just last week. I’ll bring readers a series […]