Board OKs Justice Grant agreement

FLINT TWP. — After a public hearing at which no one spoke, the township board approved an Interlocal Agreement for the 2015 Byrne Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) awarded to Genesee County by the United States Justice Bureau.

The federal funding is allocated to local governments to improve criminal justice services. It can be used to purchase equipment, vehicles and other law enforcement needs.

For the 2015 award, Genesee County’s allocation is $224,247 to be divided among five eligible municipalities. They are the townships of Flint and Mt. Morris, the cities of Burton and Flint and Genesee County, all of which sign the Interlocal Agreement.

Flint Township’s share this year is $32,637,whichincludesa5percentadditional fee to act as the fiduciary for the JAG funds. That means that Flint Township will handle the application and all required reporting and also set up and maintain an interest bearing trust account from which funds will be expended to each municipality as authorized.

The City of Flint will get the biggest chunk – $159,488 while Burton will receive $9,716 and Mt. Morris Township will get $11,193.

Genesee County gets $11,212, which comes from a five percent allocation, that each of the other four pay from their portion. Burton, for example, will pay $1,080, 10 percent of its $10,796 allocation – five percent to Genesee County and five percent to Flint Township for servicing the grant.

The City of Flint will pay $8,860 each to Genesee County and Flint Township, which is 10 percent of its total $177,209 share of the grant. Mt. Morris Township will pay $1,244 from its $12,437 allocation and Flint Township will pay $2,380 of its $23,805 allocation.

Each municipality agrees to use its portion of 2015 allotted funds by September 30, 2018, according to the agreement.

Trustee Frank Kasle asked if the township attorney had approved the agreement.

Police Chief George Sippert said it was the same agreement that has been used for the past five years that was initially looked over by an attorney.

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