Twp. board OKs 2015 budget amendment, other expenses

FLINT TWP. — At a special meeting on Tuesday, the township board amended its 2015 budget by $203,700.

The bulk of the expense, to be taken from the general services budget, included $165,000 for road projects on Healthsource Boulevard and Calkins Road.

The board also approved a $24,500 budget amendment for the Building Department and $14,200 for Trade Inspections.

The vote was 5-2 with Trustees Barb Vert and Belenda Parker voting no. Parker said she voted not because she did not support the road projects. That is consistent with her opposing vote in July when the board approved the Healthsource Blvd. project, which is a connector road between Corunna and Linden Road that primarily serves as an access to the Patsy Lou Dealership and HealthPlus.

Initial estimates for the project was that the businesses would each pay about 20 percent of costs and the township’s share would be about $40,000.

“That road is not used enough by residents to spend this kind of money,’’ Parker said then.

The project was completed during the summer and the township’s share is now estimated at $60,000 according to information provided by township controller Beth Takacs.

Parker also cast the sole no vote against the Calkins Road project when the board approved 2014 road projects in February. At that time, the board agreed to take $111,870 from the general fund because all road millage funds had been allocated and more roads needs repairs then funds available to fix them. The Genesee County Road Commission picked up a portion of the cost with matching funds.

The budget amendment needed for the building department was to cover expenses for new equipment and leased vehicles. About $21,600 of the money was to cover the pending purchase price of two vehicles the department has been leasing. The leases expire at the end of this month. An additional $2,900 was needed to cover software that allows township residents to access information online.

The amendment Trade Inspections budget also covers miscalculated expenses of software purchases.

In related action, the board also approved about $256,000 in 2015 expenses that did not require a budget amendment because the funds were not expended, partly due to unfilled positions in the fire and police departments.

Those line items were a $10,850 for the police department 2015 Other Post-Employment Benefits (OPEB) contribution and $5,650 for the fire department 2015 OPEB contribution.

Also, $240,000 was approved as a lump-sum contribution to the Fire Retirement Plan to apply to an accrued unfunded liability – the longterm ability to have enough funds to meet pension expenses for all eligible employees.

In other business, the board discussed its proposed two-year 2016-17 budget that will be subject to a public hearing and approval at its regular meeting at 7 p.m. on Nov. 16.

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