FLINT TWP. — Differences between landlords and tenants are common and the township’s oversight of the Senior Citizens Center on Graham Road apparently is no exception.
Last year, the two parties engaged in a year-long standoff over a new lease before coming to terms in September along with a reorganization of the senior governing board and adoption of new bylaws.
Now it appears that slow repairs are at issue.
Jim McClung, vice president of the senior center’s executive board, spoke to the township board Jan. 23 about a recent hot water problem in the women’s restroom. It was the second time in two months that public comment at the township board meeting addressed slow repair issues at the senior center.
McClung said the township was notified about the hot water problem on a Tuesday morning and it was not fixed until Thursday afternoon.
“I would like to say thank you but it still is not quick enough,’’ McClung said.“ If the hot water was out in the restroom here (at the township hall), I guarantee you it would be fixed by the end of the day.”
Still he said it was record time, compared to a previous problem with faucets and toilets in the men’s and women’s restrooms that took several months to repair.
He called for a better system to get problems repaired quicker.
Similar comments were expressed in November by Ralph Lewis, also a senior center executive board trustee.
“We need a repair policy,’’ Lewis said, detailing the timeline of faucet repairs that took 38 days and toilet repairs that took 21 days to get fixed last fall.
The senior center and library average over 150 people a day, Lewis said.
He also asked why the senior center director cannot call for service when emergency repairs are needed then send the bill to the township..
Township Supervisor Karyn Miller responded to Lewis that center director Linda Moore has been authorized in the past to call for help on urgent matters.
She also noted it did not take a long time to repair the problems mentioned but to order the parts.
Tracey Tucker, the township’s economic enhancement director who handles repair complaints at the senior center, also said she has responded immediately when made aware of problems.
Tucker said she has no control over repair people who don’t show up, which was the case with the hot water problem. Also repair delays due to having to order parts is beyond the township’s control. But the types of faucets used in the restrooms have now been upgraded to hopefully avoid future problems, she said.
Tucker also said that senior center officials should contact her directly when problems arise rather than going through a third party.
Tucker said her parents helped build the senior center which has a reading room named after her father. She said she totally supports keeping the center a safe, comfortable place for seniors to gather.