Two ordinance amendments pending at next board meeting

FLINT TWP. — Two ordinance amendments will come up for second reading and possible approval at the 7 p.m., January 8 regular meeting of the Flint Board of Trustees.

One amendment has to do with minors purchasing, consuming, possessing or transporting alcohol. the other pertains to the keeping of dogs, cats and wild animals.

The minor in possession amendment sets forth terms for violations. For the first violation, the minor is responsible for a municipal civil infraction and a fine of up to $100. He or she also might be subject to a court order to participate in substance abuse services.

For a second violation, the minor would be charged with a misdemeanor which is punishable by imprisonment for up to 30 days if the court finds that the minor violated an order of probation, failed to successfully complete any treatment, screening, or community service ordered by the court, or failed to pay fines for that conviction or juvenile adjudication, by a fine of not more than $200.00, or both. A court also may order the minor to participate in substance use disorder services, to perform community service, and to undergo substance abuse screening and assessment at his or her own expense.

A third offense also would be charged as misdemeanor but punishable by imprisonment for up to 60 and a fine of up to $500, based on court findings same as those under the second offense.

Using a fake identification to obtain alcohol also is covered. The ordinance states that an individual who furnishes fraudulent identification to a minor or a minor who uses fraudulent identification to purchase alcoholic liquor, is guilty of a misdemeanor punishable by imprisonment for up to 93 days or a fine of up to $100.00, or both.

Provisions for a one-time probationary exception is also spelled out and the full terms are posted on the township website at

Other exceptions also are spelled out such as consuming wine as part of a religious service or if the minor who has consumed alcohol turns him or herself in before being arrested.

The ordinance defines “bodily alcohol content” as 0.02 grams or more per 100 milliliters of blood, per 210 liters of breath, or per 67 milliliters of urine.

It also states that a peace officer, with reasonable cause to believe a minor has any bodily alcohol content, may request that individual to submit to a preliminary chemical breath analysis. The results of that analysis or other acceptable blood alcohol test are admissible in a municipal civil infraction court proceeding or criminal prosecution.

In the event of an arrest, information about notifying parents or guardians of the minor, also are detailed in the ordinance.

The second ordinance amendment up for consideration adds the term wild animals in place of other domestic animals. Domestic animals are defined as dogs or cats, other than those defined as vicious, and also farm animals such as cattle, horses, mules, swine, goats and chickens.

The ordinance forbids the keeping of omnivorous, wild or exotic animals, or dangerous or undomesticated animals that are usually confined to a zoo and are not typical household pets. That includes but is not limited to skunks, ferrets, raccoons, foxes, wild and exotic cats and those with a poisonous bite.

Exceptions apply for breeders and others with state or federal licenses or permits to keep certain animals.

The ordinance amendment will add a provision making it unlawful to deposit or release any animal for abandonment.

New terms also make it unlawful to keep more than three animals except for puppies and kittens less than eight weeks old.

Also language pertaining to vicious dogs has been changed to prohibit such animals. Previously the ordinance spelled out terms for muzzling, confining, posting signs, insuring and providing photographs for a vicious dog on the premises.

Definition of a vicious dog includes one that has a tendency to attack, bite or cause injury to humans or other animals and those known to have attacked same. Guard dogs are excepted with provisions.

New ordinance language also state a dog determined to be vicious by a township peace officer may be subject to a District Court petition to be euthanized.

In the event of an incident involving a vicious dog, the owner would not be required to report it to the police department instead of the township clerk.

Penalties for violators are spelled out. The entire ordinance with amendments highlighted in yellow can be read on the township website.

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