Maintenance plans in place for summer

FLINT TWP. — Alas, the season of sunshine and good times is also the season of dust and weeds, requiring methods to keep things under control. The township board takes proactive steps with its annual dust control program and noxious weed policy.

The noxious weed policy is a public reminder to land owners to maintain lawns. The public notice warns that property owners with noxious weeds and grass higher than 10 inches will be mailed a postcard giving them 10 days to cut the offensive vegetation to a height of 4 inches or less.

If not, the township will step in and do it for a fee of $55. The charges will be the property tax of the owner on record. Challenges to the notice must be made within the 10-day grace period by appearing at the township’s building department.

The township’s Dust Control program is paid for by the township and Genesee County Road Commission.

The township has approved participation in the county’s 2016 dust control program which calls for three chloriding treatments in spring, summer and fall.

The township and road commission are projected to pay $37,762 each to treat the township’s 20.84 miles of unpaved roads. But cost sharing is being done a bit differently this year which raised concerns for some township trustees.

The township and road commission each will pay $12,587 for the first application usually done near Memorial Day, according to the contract. Then the township will pay the total $25,174 cost of the second application which usually is done near the Fourth of July. The road commission is slated to pick up the $25,174 cost of the third and final application, generally done around Labor Day.

Trustee Frank Kasle questioned the payment plan and ultimately voted no in the board’s 6-1 decision to contract with the road commission.

Kasle wondered why each application is not split equally because the contract language allows for the possibility that a “as-needed” third application may be omitted.

Township Supervisor said that if the township contracts for three applications, it will receive three. It has been done that way for the past seven years or so.

In past years, though, the road commission paid for the first application then split the cost of the second application with the township. The township paid for the third application.

Miller said there’s been some discussion among township supervisors to use brine on the roads, to save money. The projected cost this year for chloride at 0.604 cents per gallon is 7 percent higher than last year and totals about $1.4 million for all participating townships.

Flint Township has roughly twice as many unpaved roads to treat as Grand Blanc Township and roughly half as many as Argentine Township which has the highest projected costs of $83,116 for its 45.87 miles of unpaved roads. Vienna Township has the least — 6.43 miles.

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