FLINT TWP. — Maintenance needs and problems with unauthorized vehicles using the Genesee Valley Trail prompted township interest in purchasing a patrol/maintenance vehicle.
But a motion before the township board to buy the proposed motorized vehicle died for lack of support.
The township police department had obtained a quote of $7,350 from Plowman’s Carts in Flint for a customized golf cart designed for speed and hauling.
During public comment, Jim McClung, chairman of the township parks and recreation board opposed the purchase.
“I don’t think it is an expense the township needs to take on,” McClung said. “We do perfectly well with what we’ve got to do our maintenance on the trail.”
Supervisor Karyn Miller said the township receives complaints from residents who live along the trail about motorized vehicles using it. Township police do no have an adequate vehicle to patrol the trail for unauthorized users.
“No matter how fast you go on a bike, you are not going to catch a motorized vehicle,’’ she said.
Police Chief George Sippert, who obtained the price quote, said the cost was in the budget. He looked at more than one type of vehicle before recommending the golf cart.
Trustee Barb Vert asked what happened to another golf cart the township owns.
Sippert said it was no longer reliable and not suitable for trail maintenance.
The 2.69-mile recreational trail is officially closed for the season until April 1 but many still use it.
Opened in 2011, it is approved for walkers, bikers strollers and other nonmotorized uses from sunrise to sunset.
The trail currently runs from Corunna Road near Atlas Coney Island to Linden Road in front of the Genesee Valley Center shopping mall. But plans are being discussed to extend the trail next spring across Linden Road and along Norko Drive to link to the trail in the Flint Township Park.