Board unmoved by land purchase offer for municipal complex

FLINT TWP. — A proposed property acquisition that could have laid the foundation to someday establish a township municipal complex could not get off the ground.

A purchase agreement for a 38-acre parcel directly north of the township police station on Norko Drive died for lack of a motion at the May 7 township board meeting.

Up for consideration was a “draft purchase agreement” from Kyng Realty of Grand Blanc directed to township Supervisor Karyn Miller. It discussed the potential for the property which has nearly 2,000 feet of frontage on Dye Road and was offered for sale at $380,000.

“As we discussed, this parcel has sufficient land to support a new township hall, a senior citizens center, a public park area and any other township requirements for many years to come’’ stated the proposal from Joan R. Byrd, Broker.

Byrd noted that $285,000 current assessed value of the land equates to a true cash value of $580,000, or $15,000 per acre.

“I do not believe there are any other parcels in the township that offer the optimum size, location and access to meet the township’s current and future needs,” she wrote, pointing out that its proximity to the police station created the opportunity for future consolidation of township services in one location.

Miller said when she was approached with the purchase offer she could have just said no but brought it before the board to decide.

The township’s current finances do not support building a new township hall in the foreseeable future, she said, emphasizing that no such plans are being contemplated.

Miller ruled the purchase offer dead after none of the board members would make a motion to consider it.

No board discussion followed other than trustee George Menoutes commenting that his priority was to use limited township financial resources to avoid laying off firefighters. He also questioned use of the land which is divided by a railroad track.

During public comment, township resident Jim McClung spoke forcibly against the proposal before it came up on the agenda for the board’s consideration.

“There are so many reasons this is wrong,’’ McClung said. For one, he pointed out that several large vacant buildings in the township could be converted into a township hall, if need be.

“All this is going to do is create another empty building,’’ he said.

He also cited mounting poverty levels in the township as evidenced by a recent report he heard that 70 percent of students living in Flint Township are eligible for free or reduced-price lunches.

“This is not the time to think about spending hundreds of millions of dollars on a township hall,’’ McClung said.

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