Public hearings set for proposed roundabout, budget

FLINT TWP. — Residents who want a say in township spending matters will get that chance at three upcoming public hearings.

The board has set the public hearings for its Oct. 15 meeting which begins at 7 p.m. and held at the township hall, 1490 South Dye Rd.

One hearing concerns a proposal to place a traffic roundabout at Dye Road and Court Street. The second is to take pubic comment on the proposed 2013 budget and the third will be about suggestions for spending federal Community Development Block Grant Funds (CDBG) for public service.

Prior to the public hearing for the roundabout, the Genesee County Road Commission will present a condensed version of construction plans previously discussed in detail at three other public meetings, said Township Supervisor Karyn Miller.

After the presentation, the board will take public comment than act on the resolution for approval of the roundabout which is being proposed to reduce accidents at Dye and Court. Federal safety funds are available to cover 90 percent of the costs because of a fatality at that intersection – currently a four-way stop _and a history of frequent accidents, according to the road commission.

The budget public hearing will cover the township’s proposed spending plan for fiscal year 2013.

Miller said she will be meeting with department heads in the next week and expects to have a drat of the budget in trustees hands by October 10. She also said the document will posted on the township’s web site for residents to preview prior to the public hearing.

The board also plans to hold a special meeting on October 29 for final approval of the budget.

Trustee Belenda Parker asked that an announcement of the special meeting be publicly posted given the importance of the annual budget which has reflected ongoing financial constraints due to declining revenues.

Miller also noted that the special meeting is being called because the board will meet only once in November on the third Monday. The regular first Monday meeting on Nov. 5 has been canceled because of the Nov. 6 general election.

The CDBG hearing will take public comment about spending in the public service category which includes senior citizens services, neighborhood activities including crime watches, job training, public safety, substance abuse counseling, fair housing counseling and recreation.

Clerk Kim Courts said the township expects to receive approximately $40,752 for the funding period of May 1, 2013 through April 30, 2014.

Miller said the township is using current CDBG public service funding for senior citizens services. But she added that recreation is another eligible category and would like to look at using block grant funding to place security cameras on the recreational trail to help prevent vandalism and graffiti.

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