Township to hold town hall meeting

— Flint Township will hold a Town Hall Meeting 6 p.m. Nov. 29 at its offices, 1490 S. Dye Rd.

The purpose of the meeting is to address and discuss the state of the township, along with the 2011 departmental budgets.

“It will be an informal meeting, and we’re looking for residents’ input,” said Supervisor Karyn Miller. “We are trying to make everyone aware. If you have an interest in Flint Township, please come.”

The township held public hearings on its budgets at its Nov. 22 regular Board of Trustees meeting. The budgets discussed at the Nov. 22 meeting were the General Fund Budget, the Municipal Street Fund Budget, the Justice Assistance Grant Fund, the Police Millage Fund Budget, Police Grants Fund, Economic Development Corporation Budget, Community Development Block Grant Budget, Building Authority Debt Service Fund Budget, Building Authority Construction Fund Budget, Sewer and Water Fund Budget, Fire Safety Equipment Fund Budget and Road Debt Service Fund.

During the public hearing, no one spoke on the budgets but during public comments, residents Ralph Lewis and Gerald Roberts spoke on the proposed 2011 budgets.

“Something must be done and it should be done now,” Lewis said. “Don’t take us to bankruptcy. Take on a responsible role, and starting acting now.”

Roberts questioned Miller and the board on the “Professional Services” category of the 2011 budget, asking what fell into that category.

“I’m assuming that is made up of lawyers’ fees, contracts, etc.,” he said. Roberts also questioned if money for the assessment department was “buried” in the $282,838 figure.

In response, Miller said category consisted of fees for the township’s Information Technology employee, legal fees, audit fees and fees for Landmark Appraisal.

Copies of the proposed budgets are on file and available to the public for inspection in the clerk’s office during regular business hours. Details: Call 810-732-1350.

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