Township okays holiday displays

FLINT TWP. — Soon it will begin to look a lot like Christmas when township signs, telephone poles, a bridge and key buildings get decked out with boughs of festive greenery.

The township board on Monday approved spending up to $12,500 to purchase and place the beribboned garlands and wreaths at various places around the township. It is not the first time the township has sprung for holiday decorations, according to Tracey Tucker, economic enhancement director, who recalled bedecking the Corunna Road bridge circa 2009.

Final decisions for placement of this year’s holiday trimmings will be determined by the newly reformed Economic Development Corp. which is spearheading the decorative event as part of its mission for beatification and to boost community spirit.

The project will be discussed at the EDC monthly meeting at 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, November 14.

Locations being considered for sprucing up include the three township border signs – one on Miller Road near I-75, on Corunna Road near I-75 and on Bristol Road near I-69.

Other locations may include the township hall, Bristol Cemetery, the Corunna Road bridge, light poles along Corunna Road at Linden, Dye, and Dutcher; poles along Miller Road at Lennon, Manwaring, Dye and Genesee Valley Center and poles on Bristol Road at Holiday Drive, Otto, Van Slyke

Efforts will be made to partner with private businesses such as Harley Davidson and Baker College in high-visibility area where decorations have the biggest impact, Tucker said.

Tucker said she has contacted Consumers Energy about hanging decorations on light poles. She said she will seeking permission from the Michigan Department of Transportation for decorations on bridges and in right of ways. Details remain to be finalized.

There are budgeted funds to pay for the decorations. Tucker said.

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