Township approves CDBG projects

— The Flint Township Board of Trustees approved using $284,542 in Community Block Development Grant (CDBG) funds at its Nov. 8 meeting. The funds will be used for future projects in the township.

The board first discussed the CDBG funds after a public needs hearing at its Oct. 18 meeting. The township expects to receive approximately $334,756 in CDBG funds and so far, $50,214 was already expended in 2010 for public services covering 2010-2012, leaving a balance of $284,542 for other proposed projects. During the Nov. 8, Supervisor Karyn Miller presented a list of proposed projects for 2011 and 2012 to the public during the hearing. For 2011 and 2012, the township plans to spend the same amount of money each year for the proposed projects.

The projects are: demolition of blighted structures and property maintenance, totaling $17,000 in 2011 and $17,000 in 2012; code enforcement totaling $15,000 in 2011 and $15,000 in 2012; sidewalk repair/replacement totaling $3,000 in 2011 and $3,000 in 2012; street improvements totaling $60,300 for 2011 and $60,300 in 2012; ditching totaling $10,000 for 2011 and $10,000 in 2012; removal of architectural barriers totaling $10,000 for 2011 and $10,000 in 2012; street lighting totaling $1,971 for 2011 and $1,971 in 2012; crime awareness Safe City Cameras totaling $8,000 for 2011 and $8,000 in 2012 along with crime awareness education totaling $5,000 for 2011 and $5,000 in 2012; improved lighting, replacement of three heating and air conditioners and repairing of the parking lot at the Carman- Ainsworth Senior Center totaling $10,000 for 2011 and $10,000 in 2012; and fire safety equipment (smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors) totaling $2,000 for 2011 and $2,000 in 2012.

In the category of street improvements, the township has identified 76 streets to be repaired. For sidewalk repair/replacement, the township has identified seven sidewalks that are in disrepair: Bunnell on the north side; LaVelle on the east and west sides; Brobeck on the north side; Graham on the east side; Utley on the east side; Augusta on the north side; and Westchester Dr. The township also identified five communities that currently do not have sidewalks, but are need of sidewalks. Those communities are City Farms, Carton Park, Fenton Lawn, Utley Hills and Romayne Heights.

For more information on the CDBG funds in the township, stop by the offices at 1490 S. Dye Rd. or call 810- 732-1350.

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