Block grant hearing scheduled next week

FLINT TWP. — Now is the time to speak up for anyone with suggestions about township improvements.

The township board will be listening doing a required Public Needs hearing set for 7 p.m. Monday October 17 during the township board meeting.

The township’s 2017 allocation is estimated at $212,502, said Clerk Kim Courts.

The funds must be spent in low to moderate income areas but can include a wide variety of projects including sidewalk repair, public safety, code enforcement, public lighting improvements, property acquisition, parks and recreational facilities, water/sewer improvements, building construction/ rehabilitation, fire equipment, demolition and more.

Township board members have previously discussed using CDBG funds for repairs and possibly expansion of the Senior Citizens Center.

In 2015, the township allocated a hefty portion CDBG funds toward repairing roads in the River Forest subdivision. Approved CDBG spending in 2014 included paying wages, benefits and expenses for a Code Enforcement Officer to work in low to moderate income area; installation of lighting on the non-motorized recreational path as a security measure; demolition and clearance of blighted structures; ditching and drainage improvements; purchase of smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors for residents in low to moderate income areas; purchase of food and other supplies for the senior citizens food pantry at the Senior Citizens Center.

At next week’s hearing, the public must be given an opportunity to propose new projects and also discuss past spending, according to CDBG rules. All potential CDBG projects must also be discussed during the hearing.

CDBG funds are dispensed by the Genesee County Metropolitan Planning Commission Community Development Program from an annual entitlement grant received from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

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