Public hearing set for JAG grant spending

FLINT TWP. — The Flint Township Police Department will accept public questions and comment on spending the 2017 Justice Assistance Grant at a public hearing Monday, August 21, during the township board meeting.

Eligible agencies in Genesee County have been awarded a total of $177,364. They include Genesee County, Burton City, Flint Township, Flint City and Mt. Morris Township. Of the allocated amount the City of Flint will get the largest share, $135,527; Flint Township will get $21,065; Burton will get $10,014 and Mt. Morris Township will receive $110,758. according to the United States Justice Bureau.

Under an Interlocal agreement, the parties agree to a division of the funds in which the cities and townships each will allocate five percent of its funding amount to Genesee County for handling prosecutions, lodging offenders in the jail and such. Flint Township also will receive an additional administrative fee for acting as the grant fiduciary.

The allocations are based on crime rate statistics, said Police Chief George Sippert. JAG funds must be spent to improve the provision of Criminal Justice service in these communities.

Anyone with comments or questions should contact Lt. James Baldwin, Flint Township Police Department, at (810) 600-3250. The deadline for submitting the grant budget is 8 p.m. on August 25. – Rhonda Sanders

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