Board to vote on changing MERS benefits for police command officers

FLINT TWP. — The Flint Township Board of Trustees will vote on a resolution for changing the MERS benefits for the police command officers at its Feb. 22 meeting.

The board previously approved a letter of agreement between the township and the Police Officers Command Association at its Feb. 7 meeting. The vote was 5-1 with Trustee Frank Kasle dissenting. Treasurer Sandra Wright was not in attendance.

The letter of agreement approved at the Feb. 7 meeting showed the list of demands by the association. The association asked for a cap on MERS contribution of 10 percent for employee, along with a one-year contract to expire on Dec. 31.

Other demands included a change in Court Time rate of pay from three hours to two hours; change in holiday overtime from three times to two-and-a-half times; and various other language and article changes.

At the Feb. 7 meeting, Kasle asked if any concessions had been given and by which party. Supervisor Karyn Miller said the association had given more in concessions than increases. Kasle further spoke on the agenda item, saying it “pained me to see negotiations have not reached the 10 percent reduction in wages.”

“I’m also pained because George’s (Chief of Police George Sippert) letter says four are retiring from the police department, and the budget does not provide for those replacements. I voted for the budget but while there are no layoffs, there are less officers,” Kasle said. “Ten percent of $4 million is $400,000 and $400,000 could pay for four offficers. I have a lot of misgivings when approving this.”

Due to President’s Day, the Board of Trustees moved its board meeting to 7 p.m. Feb. 22 at the township hall, 1490 S. Dye Rd. Township offices will be closed Feb. 21 in observance of the holiday. Details: Call 810-732-1350 or visit

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