In brief

Help protect students in school bus zones

GENESEE COUNTY — The Michigan Association for Pupil Transportation (MAPT), on behalf of its members, reminds drivers to use extreme caution when traveling in school bus zones so students can safely load and unload each day. Unfortunately, thousands of vehicles illegally pass school buses in the United States every day, putting children at risk of injury or death. In a one-day, 28-state survey conducted earlier this year by the National Association of State Directors of Pupil Transportation Services (NASDPTS), an estimated 76,000 vehicles illegally passed a school bus. In Michigan, 8,500 school buses participated in the survey; 1,771 vehicles illegally passed a school bus with 936 incidents. Michigan’s Public Act 60 of 2011, which became effective July 1 of this year, increased fines and penalties for moving violations in school bus zones, similar to road construction work zones and emergency scenes. “The safety of our students is our number one priority,” said MAPT Executive Director Gary T. Bubar. — R.S.

Property maintenance code to be updated

FLINT TWP. — An amendment to update the International Property Maintenance Code is coming up for second reading and adoption at the township board meeting Sept. 6. It is purely a reference change, Tracey Tucker, economic enhancement director, said at the first reading on Aug. 15. All that is changing in the ordinance is the date from the 2006 to 2009 edition of the Intl. code as adopted by the state. The ordinance set rules for securing vacant buildings, time limits on boarded up buildings, pool and hot tub enclosures and safety covers and insect screens for windows, doors and outside openings of habitable rooms and food preparation and service areas. — R.S.

Technological Committee to meet next week

FLINT TWP. — Setting goals for 2012 is one item on the agenda for a meeting of the Flint Township Technological Steering Committee, 10 a.m. September 7 at the municipal hall, 1490 S. Dye Road. — R.S.

Board meeting moved

FLINT TWP. —The township Municipal Hall will be closed on Monday in observance of Labor Day. The regular township board meeting will be held at 7 p.m. on Tuesday. — R.S.

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