Confusion on Election Day
FLINT TWP. — Clerk Kathy Funk reported about 100 people mistakenly showed up at township polling places on Election Day because they wanted to vote in the Flint mayoral race. One went so far as to file a voter disenfranchisement complaint against Funk because his polling place was not open. Only township voters who live in the Flushing School District had an issue on the Nov. 7 ballot. Also, Flint Township residents do not vote on City of Flint issues nor vice versa. — R.S.
Health Care Open Enrollment help offered
GENESEE COUNTY — Hamilton Community Health Network (HCHN) is hosting several Open Enrollment Events to help consumers navigate through the Health Insurance Marketplace. Open Enrollment Period for the Affordable Care Act has been cut in half this year; it only runs 6 weeks now through December 15. The typical consumer in Michigan has about 43 different health plans to choose from. Because the federal government announced in October that cost-sharing reduction (CSR) payments would end, ACA premiums in some Silver plans have increased from 7 percent to 38 percent. HCHN recommends even consumers previously enrolled in a plan, should avoid the auto-enrollment procedure and have their plans reviewed. HCHN has Certified Navigators to review plans and assist with enrollment. Upcoming enrollment events include 4-8 p.m., Dec. 7, Catholic Charities Center for Hope, 910 Chippewa in Flint; 3-6 p.m. Dec. 7 at North Pointe Clinic, 5710 Clio Road; and 4-7 p.m. Dec. 12 at Burton Clinic, 3375 S. Saginaw St. No appointments are needed. Events include gift card raffles and light refreshments. Details: Call 810-406-4942. — R.S.
Nominations open for 23rd Children’s Champion Awards
GENESEE COUNTY — Nominations are being accepted until 5 p.m. Dec. 15 for the 23rd Children’s Champions Awards, to be presented at the Breakfast for Champions on Feb. 9, at the Riverfront Banquet Center in downtown Flint. The Children’s Champion Awards started in 1996 to recognize people in the community doing good things for children. The awards are designed to recognize and thank individuals, businesses, government agencies and organizations. Some of the awards include youth scholarships. For more information visit the organization’s web site at childrenchampion.org/ — R.S.
Mill Road Bridge closed until further notice
FLINT TWP. — Due to safety considerations, the Mill Road Bridge over the Flint River, located between Beecher and Flushing Roads will be closed to traffic until further notice. Motorists are advised to seek an alternate route via Beecher, Linden and Flushing Roads. For more information, contact Alexander Patsy, Programming & Development Engineer, at 810-767-4920. — R.S.