Twp. board sets CDBG hearing

FLINT TWP. — Do you have any suggestions for projects to improve township life?

If so, bring them to the Public Needs Hearing the township board has set to get input on ways to spend 2016 federal Community Development Block Grant Funds.

The hearing will be held during the next township board meeting at 7 p.m. on Oct. 19 in Lavelle Auditorium at the township hall, 1490 S. Dye Road.

The township expects to receive about $38,908, said Township Clerk Kim Courts. The funds are dispensed by the Genesee County Metropolitan Planning Commission Community Development Program from an annual entitlement grant received from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The funds are intended primarily for projects in low and moderate income neighborhoods.

CDBG Public Needs funds can be spent in areas including senior citizens services, neighborhood activities includ- ing crime watches, job training, public safety, substance abuse counseling, fair housing counseling and recreation.

In 2015, the township allocated a substantial amount of CDBG funds toward repairing roads in the River Forest subdivision.

In 2014, approved CDBG spending included paying wages, benefits and expenses for a Code Enforcement Officer to work in low to moderate income area; installation of lighting on the non-motorized recreational path as a security measure; costs for demolition and clearance of blighted structures; ditching and drainage improvements; purchase of smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors for residents in low to moderate income areas; purchase of food and other supplies for the senior citizens food pantry at the Carman-Ainsworth Senior Center; other road and sidewalk improvements.

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