FLINT TWP. — As part of an initiative to beef up economic development activity, the township board has approved several appointees to its Economic Development Corporation (EDC)
The board also named two alternates for the Zoning Board of Appeals and appointed a new member to the Board of Review which is set hold several hearings next month to take assessment complaints from taxpayers.
The EDC was established many years ago, to encourage commercial and industrial development in the township through its ability to conduct project purchases, construction, improvement and maintenance and also borrow money through tax-free revenue bonds.
The EDC was very active 20 years ago, but for nearly a decade has been meeting once a year to meet the minimum requirement to retain its fiduciary status.
The body last met in May 2016 when it elected officers for 2017 but now township supervisor Karyn Miller said that she is working with Tracey Tucker, economic enhancement director, to set up monthly meetings in order to more actively pursue economic development opportunities.
Miller is a member of the EDC with a term expiring in November 2020. Also appointed or reappointed to serve are Grace Glass, term expiring January 2018; Don Thompson, term expiring January 2023; John Koegel, term expiring January 2019; Ed Burns, term expiring January 2020; township treasurer Lisa Anderson and trustee Carol Pfaff-Dahl, terms expiring in November 2020.
Glass is the current chairperson. Burns is a reappointment and Koegel is a new member.
Miller said she has recommendations of three other people who may ultimately be chosen to serve on the EDC.
In other business, the township board appointed Merry Jane Robertson to serve a two-year term on the Board of Review.
She was recommended by Township Clerk Kathy Funk, who said she worked well on the elections commission. Robertson also was interviewed and recommended by township assessor Jim Fowler.
Miller noted that Robertson is being seated in time for Board of Review hearings set up next month. The full schedule of hearing times is posted on the township’s webpage at www.flinttownship.org
The township board also approved appointments of two alternates to the Zoning Board of Appeals. They are Don Thompson and Gene Leverette, who will be called to attend meetings when a regular ZBA member cannot make it.
Both appointments are to terms expiring in December 2020.
The ZBA meets once a month to hears requests for area and land use variances and also makes administrative appeals on zoning ordinance improvement.
Tucker noted that appointing alternates to the board is a first. Having them on standby ensures that a regular meeting probably won’t have to be canceled due to lack of a quorum. Tucker said both alternates also are welcome to sit in on ZBA meetings when not needed.