FLINT TWP. — To meet or not to meet was the question township board members grappled with before approving their 2013 meeting calendar.
The board’s normal first and third Monday meeting time some time conflicts with holidays or elections.
For example, the board’s May 6 meeting has been bumped to the second Monday because of time needed for a Special Election on May 7. The change will require the board to meet two weeks in a row.
That will happen again in August when scheduling conflict with the Aug. 6 Primary Election moves the board’s Aug. 5 meeting to the second Monday, Aug. 12.
But in November, the board has scheduled only one meeting because the Monday following the Nov. 6 General Election will be the observance of Veteran’s Day, when township offices are closed.
In some cases, the board meeting is moved to the first Tuesday.
For Martin Luther King Day on Jan. 21, a third Monday, the board meeting will move one day later to Jan. 21. Likewise, Labor Day on Sept. 2 will bump the board meeting back one day to Sept. 3.
Clerk Kim Courts said the meeting days were set to comply with a request from Trustee Belenda Parker to adhere to the schedule of holding two monthly board meetings. It makes for a tight schedule, she said of meeting two weeks in a row.
Parker said she wanted to be considerate of residents.
“They need to be able to go to the calendar (posted on the township website) to see when the board is scheduled to meet,’’ she said.
She said she could see no reason to cancel a meeting altogether because the regular Monday meeting fell on a holiday.
To resolve the November conflict and still hold two meetings, she suggested moving the November and December meetings to the second and fourth Mondays.
But Township Supervisor Karyn Miller said she’d rather not to deviate too far from the first and third Monday meeting schedule that most residents are familiar with.
Meeting dates are also posted for the Planning Commission, Road Advisory Committee, Civil Service Commission, Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee, Zoning Board of Appeals meeting (as needed), Crime Watch meetings and annual Economic Development Commission meeting.
Board of Review meeting times also are posted throughout the year when property assessment appeals and issues are considered.
Trustee Frank Kasle said meeting dates need not be set in stone. Zoning Board meetings scheduled for Jan. 2, July 3 and Sept. 4 were removed at his request. It is unlikely that anyone will attend a meeting set for the day before or after a holiday, said Kasle, who sits on the zoning board.
To view the currently approved meeting schedules, go online to www.flinttownship.org and click on township calendar listed on the right side of the page.