FLINT TWP. — The township board has initiated a process to name the post office and a local bridge in honor of two public servants, but it wasn’t a unanimous decision.
The board voted 5-2 in favor of resolutions to name the post office at Linden and Lennon roads in honor of former U.S. Congressman Dale Kildee and to name the Corunna Road bridge over I-75 in honor of former township Supervisor Galen Jamison.
Trustees Belenda Parker and Barb Vert voted against both resolutions.
Parker said she did not want to offend anyone but opposed setting a precedent of naming things after people because there are too many worthy of honor.
She also noted that the Corunna Road bridge is state property under the jurisdiction of the Michigan Department of Transportation.
Supervisor Karyn Miller responded there are other named bridges in the township. She cited the Preston Schmidt overpass over the railroad tracks on Bristol Road, which is named after a former township supervisor, constable county and road commissioner, who is said to have worked tirelessly for many years to get the overpass built to bypass the railroad crossing and also improve access to Bishop Airport from eastbound I-69. Construction was completed in the summer of 2000.
MIller also said that a board resolution is required to initiate the naming process but it moves on to other entities for final approval.
Trustee George Menoutes who brought the request to the board to name the bridge after Jamison said it came about after a dinner meeting with road commission director John Daly who asked why the board had not followed through on a request made about two years ago. Jamison died in May 2007.
In response to Parker, Menoutes, who has a township street named for him, said he knew of no one more deserving than Jamison. A long list of Jamison’s accomplishments include township super- visor, trustee, chairman of the building authority, 12 years on the county road commission, 11 years on the liquor advisory board, nine years on the planning commission, and many more. He also was cited as the coordinator of a successful drive to prevent Flint Township from annexation to the City of Flint.
“It is not too many people around who have served this community longer than him, even me and I’ve been around since 1988,’’ Menoutes said. “I don’t think too many people who live in this township have had the accolades this man had.”
Jamison’s daughter, Tracey Tucker, is the township’s economic enhancement director and a building official.
As for naming the post office in honor of Dale Kildee, Miller said she broached the idea to U.S. Representative for Michigan’s 5th congressional district Dan Kildee, who won the seat last November after his uncle retired.
Miller said the board’s resolution to formally make a congressional request to rename the Southwest post office the Dale Kildee Branch has to be approved by Michigan’s 14 U.S. house of representatives members, as part of the application process.
“Just because we approve it, does not mean it automatically happens,’’ she said.
She also mentioned being told many times by former township supervisor Sally Joseph that she began efforts back in the 1990s to name the post office but no progress has been made.
Miller said the resolutions will be sent respectively to the road commission and to Dan Kildee’s office and they will “take it from there.”