In brief

Board considers meeting options

ATLAS TWP. — With new state guidelines allowing governmental bodies to meet virtually through Dec. 31, the Atlas Township Board of Trustees is looking at options for a hybrid meeting platform.

Since the township board meetings don’t draw many spectators, the board can meet face-to-face with a limited number of spaces available for residents, while also providing an online meeting option for anyone who wants to tune in and/or address the board.

Residents are advised to check the website for further information and instructions.

The Planning Commission and Zoning Board will continue to meet virtually for now. — L.R.

Atlas board renews sheriff contract

ATLAS TWP. — The Atlas Township Board of Trustees has voted to renew the contract with the Genesee County Sheriff Office.

The contract provides for sheriff’s deputies dedicated to township coverage from Jan. 1, 2021, through Dec. 31, 2022, at a cost of $611,085. The cost is about $11,805 greater than the previous agreement, which amounts to an increase of less than 2 percent.

“We get awesome service from our sheriff department,” said Supervisor Tere Onica. — L.R.

Stolen car crashed, 2 arrested

GRAND BLANC TWP. — An OnStar alert about a car crash ultimately led to a search and the arrest of two people suspected of auto theft.

According to a post on the Grand Blanc Township Police Department Facebook page, officers received the alert about the wreck near Perry Road and Brookview Drive around 5 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 24.

On scene, police found the vehicle, which had struck street signs, a brick wall and a fire hydrant, but no occupants. A quick check also revealed that the vehicle had been stolen from the 6300 block of Haven Drive, police said.

The suspects reportedly were seen in the vicinity about an hour later, prompting investigators to set up a perimeter and call in a state police K9 to initiate a search. The dog tracked down one of the suspects, and officers found the other after area residents started calling 911 to report a man hiding in their back yards, according to the post. — L.R.

VFW Auxiliary dinner, pasties in November

DAVISON TWP. — On Nov. 4, Davison Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4087 Auxiliary will be having a Meat Loaf Dinner from 4-7 p.m. The post is located at 8031 E. Court St.

This is a take-out only dinner. To order please call 810- 412-5300 or 810-614-6825. The cost is $9 but if you bring non-perishable item for the Local Food Bank the cost is $8. which includes Meatloaf, Potatoes, Veggie, Rolls and Desert.

On Nov. 20 they will have another Pastie Sale, pick up between 3:30-6:30 p.m. Beef or Turkey $6 Beef/Jalapeno $6.50. Gravy is 50 cents each. To order please call 810-614- 6825 or 810-412-5300 and leave your name, phone number, and how many of each kind you would like. — G.G.

Area clerk’s offices to be open Oct. 31

DAVISON AREA — As required by law, local clerks will be open Saturday, Oct. 31, for accepting and issuing absentee ballots and voter registrations. Office hours are: Davison Township – 7 a.m.-3 p.m.; City of Davison – 7 a.m.-3 p.m.; and Richfield Township from 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Living Grace to deliver holiday turkeys

DAVISON TWP. — It’s that time of year again. Living Grace Church, 7074 Davison Rd., along with Heritage Church, will be delivering holiday turkey dinners with all the trimmings on Nov. 7 between 12:30-3:30 p.m. If interested in for yourself or others, call 810-441-4571. — G.G.

Davison Farmers Market end of outdoor seasonal activity

DAVISON TWP. — Oct. 31, will be the last Outdoor Flea Market Flip Day of the year. The outdoor pavilion will be closed until next spring. However, the inside will still be open year-round for those special holiday dinner items.

You can shop for your entire meal or a unique gift at our many booths and boutiques inside the Davison Farmers Market. Don’t forget this Saturday is the last day to use “Project Fresh Coupons”. There’s still a lot to see and do at the market whether inside or outside. Come see for yourself.

The Davison Farmers Market is open year-round, from 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.

Details: Call Sandy Coykendall at 810-412-5883 or check out their website at — G.G.

Humane Society hosting Trunks and Tails, Oct. 30

BURTON — The Humane Society of Genesee County will be hosting Trunks and Trails on Oct. 30 from 5-7 p.m. Bring your two-legged or four-legged ghouls and goblins out for a fun night of trunk or treating. The Humane Society will be accepting donations as well. Social distancing measures will be in place. The Humane Society is located on G-3325 S. Dort Highway in Burton. — B.G.

Bataan Death March highway designation planned for Nov. 11

BURTON — At the city’s Veteran’s Day ceremony planned for Nov. 11 at 11 a.m. at the Burton Veterans Memorial, officials will unveil the signs that will soon be placed on I-69 between Center and Belsay roads designating that stretch as the Bataan Death March highway.

City Councilman Vaughn Smith, who spearheaded the effort to have the roadway recognized for the famous World War II event, said the bill establishing the designation that was unanimously passed by both the Michigan House and Senate last year. Smith said the city is collecting donations for the fund necessary to pay for the signs and already has $1,700 raised.

Anyone wishing to contribute to the fund for the memorial highway can contact Mayor Duane Haskins at Burton City Hall or call Smith at 810-516-9614. — G.G.

Food pantry offered Oct. 31

BURTON — Muslim Relief Services will host a mobile pantry Oct. 31 at Courtland Center, 4190 E. Court St. If you or someone you know is in need of some food to get you through the next month, please stop by.

The event is hosted by the Michigan Muslim Community Council (MMCC). The food boxes are sponsored by the USDA.

American Muslim Community Services and Flint Muslim Food Pantry are partnering with the Grand Blanc United Methodist Church for this event. Our volunteers come from the local Muslim community (members of Grand Blanc Islamic Center and Flint Islamic Center).

The Food Pantry will be open starting at 2 p.m. until supplies run out. Details: Call 313-366- 6800. — G.G.

Clerk’s Office closes for a day after positive COVID-19 test

FLINT TWP. — The Flint Township Clerk’s Office was forced to close its doors earlier this week after an employee tested positive for COVID-19.

On Monday, Flint Township Clerk Kathy Funk took to social media to inform residents that a township employee had tested positive for the virus on Sunday afternoon. The Flint Township administration building and the clerk’s office closed on Monday so that the building could be disinfected and sanitized. All township employees were also given rapid testing for the virus.

During the testing, an additional employee tested positive for COVID-19.

Funk said that she immediately contacted the Genesee County Clerk’s Office and the Michigan Bureau of Elections on Monday morning following the initial positive test. She said that closing the administration building and her office for a day was the safest course of action.

“While it may have been an inconvenience for some, I have to protect all voters coming into the building, as well as staff,” Funk said. “I feel comfortable with the testing and with the disinfection that voters are safe coming into the building and receiving a ballot from one of the Elections Division staff members.”

After undergoing deep cleaning, the Flint Township administration building and the clerk’s office reopened on Tuesday morning. No other employees have tested positive for COVID-19 since then.

Funk said that if the closure had been longer than one day, the township would have had to set up a satellite clerk’s office to issue and receive ballots. — B.G.