Shorter work week limits time to conduct township business

FLINT TWP. — The new four-day work week for the township hall is creating problems for one township resident.

Speaking during public comment at a recent township board meeting, Ed Linn complained about the shorter time frame to pay his water bill and a subsequent late penalty.

Linn said he received his most recent water bill on Oct. 1 that was due Oct. 15. Taking into account the township office being closed every Friday and on Oct. 11 in observance of Columbus Day, left only seven days for Linn to pay his bill in person, he said.

Linn said he called to discuss the matter with township treasurer Sandra Wright who informed him that the township has no control over the payment window provided.

Linn praised Wright for a thorough and professional explanation but still felt his concerns should be brought to the attention of the full board.

“What will happen in January if there is a major snowstorm? Linn asked. “ How are people going to get back and forth into this township parking lot with heavy snow?”

Similar hindrances could occur if it snows heavily in April, he pointed out. Water and sewer bills are mailed quarterly. Township offices were open on Fridays last winter.

Linn also asked if the one percent late fee — which amounted to $20.25 for his $205 bill — could be reduced to a half percent.

Treasurer Wright also voiced objections similar to Linn’s when she voted against the four-day work week when it was approved by the board of trustees in September, extending what had been a summer hours schedule. Wright noted that during weeks containing a holiday, the township offices will only be open two or three days in that week.

On a similar note, the township has announced on its website that its offices will be closed on Nov. 10 in observance of Veteran’s Day on Friday Nov. 11, and on Nov. 23 in observance of Thanksgiving on Nov. 24.

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