— With safety being a main driving force, the Flint Township Board of Trustees unanimously approved the creation of a Special Assessment Street LIghting District on Claude Avenue at its Oct. 18 meeting. The Special Assessment District, which involves eight parcels of property, calls for the installation of three street lights on Claude Avenue.
During the public hearing portion for the district, the board heard from two property owners on Claude Avenue. Gary Horan, who owns several parcels on the street, said he was surprised by the idea of a Special Assessment District and asked who had requested it.
“The road doesn’t go anywhere,” he said. “What’s the process?”
Clerk Kim Court said that 51 percent of the businesses on Claude Avenue need to be in favor of the district, and that the issue was brought to the board’s attention due to the high number of thefts in that area.
Shirley Downie, manager of the Super Motel 8 on Claude Avenue, spoke after Horan and mentioned the lack of lighting on the street as a safety threat to the motel’s guests.
“The street is so dark. It’s dangerous and hazardous,” she said. “Guests walk to restaurants nearby and have been beaten and robbed. It’s for the safety of people who travel, and will be a benefit to the hotel and the community.”
Horan questioned the board as to the cost assessed to each parcel, saying he would like to know what the cost would be before he was in favor. Deputy Clerk Sheri Goyette gave some estimated figures to Horan, saying the figures were based off the parcels in the Special Assessment Street Lighting District. After hearing the assessment figures, Horan said he was in support of the board creating a Special Assessment Street Lighting District on Claude Avenue.
According to the public hearing docu- ment, the maintenance of the assessment district will be assessed per year per parcel. The first year assessment includes installation costs and administrative fees. The fees after the first year are lower for subsequent years said Goyette.
Also at the meeting, the township board denied a request by the owner of Liquid Sports Bar & Grill on Bristol Rd. for a new dance permit. The board voted 5-2 against the request with Courts and Trustee Frank Kasle in favor. Owner Nick Perkovic was present during the meeting.
Courts led off the discussion on the new dance permit request, saying she had not received any complaints in the last month and neither had Lt. Tim Jones from the Flint Township Police Department. Despite the recommendation by Courts to approve the new dance permit, Supervisor Karyn Miller, Treasurer Sandra Wright and Trustees George Menoutes, Barb Vert and Belenda Parker voted no.
When asked why the permit was denied, Miller said “the majority of the board was not in favor.”