FLINT TWP. — Flint Township is pursuing a plan to reopen its offices and return to having a full staff by next week.
On June 1, Flint Township Supervisor Karyn Miller will present the Flint Township Board of Trustees with a measure to open the township building to the public and call back laid-off employees.
If the board approves the plan, Miller said that the Flint Township offices should be open by the first week of June.
“Since we closed our offices to the public, we’ve only had a handful of people still working through the crisis to cover essential services, such as sewer and water, utilities and the clerk’s office,” Miller said. “Once we’re open, we will proceed cautiously with social distancing guidelines.”
Miller said that township employees are already wearing disposable or washable masks in the office and will continue to do so if the governor requires it. Residents will also be asked to apply proper social distancing when conducting business in the building.
As the township works to reopen, it will also explore options for holding in-person board and committee meetings this summer.
“We’re waiting on the governor to see how we can proceed and be in compliance,” Miller said. “If she says that it’s OK to proceed with in-person meetings, then we can. Otherwise, unless something changes, she is allowing us to continue online board meetings until the end of June.”
With the Aug. 4 primary approaching, Flint Township Clerk Kathy Funk has been instructed by the state to prepare for an in-person election. However, she has also been planning to handle an absentee ballot-only election if circumstances change.
While the township offices appear to be one step closer to reopening, Miller said that residents are still encouraged to pay bills online and use the township drop box for submitting ballot applications.
The township board will decide on a reopening vote at the June 1 meeting, which will be held online via Zoom. To watch the meeting, visit www.flinttownship.org/the-township/meeting-videos.