Township changes office hours

— Township residents wanting to stop by the Flint Township Municipal Hall, 1490 S. Dye Rd., need to take notice of a change in its hours.

The township is now open from 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and 1:30-4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday. Offices are closed from 12:30-1:30 p.m..

The change for the township’s normal operating hours came during its Nov. 22 Board of Trustees meeting. At the meeting, Supervisor Karyn Miller told the board that due to difficulty in staffing, it would be a good idea for township employees to take a common lunch which would “work better for scheduling.”

Clerk Kim Courts echoed Miller’s sentiments, saying that exceptions to the lunchtime closure would be made during tax time, election time and other circumstances. Trustee Belenda Parker voiced her concern over the closure since offices close at 4:30 p.m. each day and if resident will have enough time to get to the township to conduct business.

“If employees are out to lunch, then department heads need to step up,” she said. In response, Miller said that was not allowable due to contract language.

Treasurer Sandra Wright said township residents would become accustomed to the township closing for the one-hour time period and that attempts by employees to “stagger” lunch hours was “becoming impossible.”

Trustee Barb Vert called the staffing issues a “fluke.” “It’s a matter of managing it better,” she said.

In the end, the resolution passed 5-2 with Parker and Vert dissenting.

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