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Defibrillators donated to Flint Township

FLINT TWP.— STAT EMS has donated two Automatic External Defibrillators (AEDs) to the township for reviving victims of sudden cardiac arrest and will provide training on using them.

“They do revive people and bring people’s hearts back,’’ said Joseph Karlichek, chief of operations for STAT EMS who presented the AEDs at the township board meeting last week. Karlichek said STAT decided to donate the medical devices after an internal equipment upgrade determined that five of their AEDs have defibrillator pads that are incompatible for use with children. Every ambulance is required to have one. Rather than sell the AEDs on ebay to unknown users or trade them in at a loss, Karlichek said they chose to donate two of them to the township. One will be located at the township hall and the other at the police station. Karlichek is arranging with township officials to train selected staff to use the AEDs and also provide general CPR training. — R.S.

Construction on new dugouts to begin soon

FLINT TWP. — Castles Brothers Inc. on Bristol Road was the low bidder for construction of new softball dugouts, approved by the Carman-Ainsworth Board of Education at its meeting last week.

Project costs of $71,200 combined with a $2,228 attached bond expense are budgeted into this year’s building and site fund, said Superintendent Bill Haley.

“It is a needed improvement,” Haley said. “It falls in line with what we’ve been doing in the district, we do it right and have it last.”

Plans call for the dilapidated dugouts to be torn out and replaced with slightly larger ones, said Russ Parks, assistant superintendent. The visitors dugout will be about 8 foot tall and 49 feet long (including storage space) Parks said. The home team dugout will be 8 feet tall and 41 feet long. Wooden stationary bleacher seats will replace current metal movable ones. The work could begin as early as this week with a targeted completion date by October, Parks said. — R.S.

Sign ordinance amended

FLINT TWP. — The township board has adopted an ordinance amendment regarding permitted signs. Chapter 13 now stipulates reader boards may be double-faced but not exceed 32 square feet, must not interfere with traffic or involve motion, rotation, animation or flashing and moving lights on any part of the structure. Operating by mechanical or electrical means is allowed but each sign must have a static message or images that change at specified intervals and possesses and uses dimmers to comply with maximum luminescence levels now specified. — R.S.

Supervisor urges public to help with trash

FLINT TWP.— Township Supervisor Karyn Miller is urging residents to assist in waste management by securing flyaway grocery bags. Miller has announced at recent board meetings an ongoing problem with lightweight plastic bags flying out of waste recycling trucks which are uncovered. She requests that the trash bags either be weighted down with contents and/or tied together to anchor them. Miller said she is working to get the word out to residents to cooperate. — R.S.

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