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Committees forming to consider township name change and business signs

FLINT TWP — Supervisor Karyn Miller announced last week at the West Flint Business Association monthly meeting that she is forming committees to study the feasibility of changing the townships name and also one to address problems with restrictions on lighted business signs.

Miller said she is seeking volunteers to serve on the name-change committee to look at the legal issues. A resident and business owner have already signed up for the committee. Miller said she is not sure what the outcome will be but the committee’s recommendation would need to go before the full board and ultimately be subject to a vote of the people. Miller noted successful name changes in other Michigan municipalities such as East Detroit becoming the City of Eastpointe and Pontiac Township becoming Auburn Hills. Voters have rejected previous efforts to incorporate the township into a city. The issue continues to resurface out of interest by some residents and business owners to distance the township from association with the city of Flint and its reputation.

Miller said the sign committee is being formed in response to some business owners who say they have been adversely affected by a sign ordinance amendment passed in June that restricts the usage of computerized LED signs. A group of business people came to a township board meeting last month to ask the board to reconsider the restrictions for the pricey signs. Miller said the language in the ordinance amendment was taken directly from a state ordinance. It does not prohibit the signs but limits how often the display can change.

Miller asked that anyone interested in serving on either committee get in touch with her at the township hall. — R.S.

Township board goes for new postal machine provider

FLINT TWP. — Pitney Bowes has lost out to Neopost U.S.A. as the provider of the township’s postal machine. The board of trustees voted unanimously at its Monday night meeting to accept the bid from Neopost for a 60-month lease term. Clerk Kim Courts said the recommendation came after reviewing features of both machines and consulting with employees who use it. In its successful bid, Neopost said it also is a provider for Davenport University, the Michigan School for the Deaf and Grand Blanc Community Schools.

The township is replacing an older model Pitney Bowes mailer. Pitney Bowes’ bid included an analysis showing the townships averages 5,300 pieces of mail a month and 63,200 a year, which is a moderately high volume. The current PB mailer costs $267 a month and PB’s new 60-month lease proposed $282. 08 for a color machine and $231.91 for a black and white one.

Neopost’s bid was $159.55 for the first year and $209.55 for the remaining term.

Both companies have been in the postal mailer business 90 years. — R.S.

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