No pay for road advisory committee

FLINT TWP. — Members of the township Road Advisory Committee spend a lot of personal time and gas driving around observing road conditions and attending meetings.

They want to be reimbursed for it and voted unanimously at their Nov. 19 meeting to ask the township board for a per diem of $50 per meeting for each member.

That request was denied 6-1 by the township board at its Dec. 17 meeting.

Karyn Miller, who cast the lone yes vote and attends advisory committee meetings, said road advisory members work hard and put in a lot of hours. She pointed out a big job ahead of them to comply with a request from the Genesee County Road Commission to develop a comprehensive three-year plan for roads and treatments.

Clerk Kim Courts said she had nothing against the advisory committee but did not want to set a precedent by paying them. Other advisory bodies such as the Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee also serve unpaid, she said.

“If you pay the road advisory board, then you have to pay every advisory board.”

She added that the township board is looking for ways to cut its budget, not add to it.

Trustee Frank Kasle agreed that another $500 a month expense is not something the board needs right now.

He also praised the members of the Road Advisory Committee and said he hoped they would continue to serve. He said he hoped the board could do something to show appreciation to the panel.

The nine-member committee was formed in 2006 when the township’s ten-year road millage was passed, Miller said. Advisory board members can’t be paid by millage funds because they are specifically designated for road improvement and maintenance, she said.

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