FLINT TWP. — Two more members and an alternate have been added to the township’s Economic Development Corporation (EDC), a body formed many years ago to foster commercial and industrial growth.
Lawrence Ratliff and Enrique Rodriguez have been appointed to terms expiring in January 2021. Joshua Rose was named as an alternate to a term expiring in January 2022.
Ratliff, Rodriguez and Rose join several other EDC members appointed last month.
Township Supervisor Karyn Miller and Township Director of Economic Development Tracey Tucker have expressed interest in reinvigorating the EDC to boost economic development activity in the township.
Once very active in its formative years, the EDC has been largely dormant for the past ten years or so, meeting only once a year to fulfill the minimum requirement needed to retain its fiduciary status including its ability to conduct project purchases, construction, improvement and maintenance and also borrow money through tax-free revenue bonds.
Miller and Tucker have said that they would like to convene EDC meetings on a monthly or more frequent basis to more actively pursue economic development opportunities.
Other EDC members include Miller, Grace Glass (current chairperson), Don Thompson, John Koegel, Ed Burns, township treasurer Lisa Anderson and township trustee Carol Pfaff-Dahl.
In other business, the board also named Alex Clark to the township Road Advisory Committee and Oscar Hare to serve as an alternate.
The appointments were supported by John Whiteside, an 11-year member of the committee who said the volunteer group needs committed members. Whiteside said he has seen many members come and go, some who quit after fulfilling personal agendas.
The Road Advisory Committee is responsible for assessing township road conditions then making recommendations to the township board on how to spend road millage funds each year. Their work primarily targets subdivision streets and other secondary roads not covered by the county, state or federal funds.