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Tech whiz to talk to WFBA group

FLINT TWP.— Mike Klein, CEO of Online Technologies, 5225 Exchange Dr., will be the guest speaker at the West Flint Business Association monthly meeting from noon to 1:15 p.m. April 17 at Teppanyaki Grill & Buffet in the Target Plaza on Miller Road. Klein will talk about Cloud Computing for Small Business and how hosting providers help businesses. The public is welcome to attend and reservations are no necessary. — R.S.

Toy cars donated to police department

FLINT TWP.— Several cases of toy Hot Wheels cars have been donated to the Flint Township Police Department to go with the teddy bears police officers carry around in their car trunks to give to small children involved in police-related incidents.

Several hundred toy cars were donated by Kurt Miller, of Double K & S Towing, which officers use for impounding, said Police Chief George Sippert. The teddy bears and cars will be given to comfort children involved in accident or at crime scenes. The teddy bears are provided by the Grand Blanc Chamber of Commerce and other sources. — R.S.

Landowner administrative sewer-water fee raised

FLINT TWP. — Due to the lengthy process involved in filing the Sewer and Water non-responsibiity Affidavit (aka the landlord affidavit), the administrative fee of $15 has been increased to $50. The fee increase requested by Treasurer Marsha Binelli was approved last week by the township board. Binelli said that the fee has not been increased since 1995. The landowner pays this fee when filing a non-responsibility affidavit. — R.S.

First Adopt-A-Highway litter pickup begins April 13

GENESEE COUNTY– Spring cleaning begins Saturday for highway roadsides in lower Michigan. Volunteers participating in the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) Adopt-AHighway program will pick up litter along state highways from April 13-21, the first of three scheduled pickups this year. There will be a summer pickup from July 13-21, and a fall pickup from Sept. 21-29.

The spirit of Adopt-A-Highway volunteers is Pure Michigan,” said State Transportation Director Kirk T. Steudle. “They keep our roadsides looking great, and help MDOT direct its limited resources to fixing our roads.”

In 2012, Adopt-A-Highway volunteer groups reported collecting about 65,000 bags of trash, a cost benefit to the state of $5.6 million. Volunteers wear high-visibility, yellow-green safety vests required by federal regulations when working within a highway’s right of way. MDOT provides the vests and trash bags for free, and arranges to haul away the trash.

Current volunteers include members of various civic groups, businesses and families. Crew members have to be at least 12 years old and each group must number at least three people. Sections of highway are still available for adoption. Interested groups should check the MDOT Web page at www.michigan.ov/adoptahighway for more information. Groups are asked to adopt a section of highway for at least two years. There is no fee to participate. Adopt-A-Highway signs bearing a group’s name are posted along the stretches of adopted highway. —R.S.

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