Workshop planned to look at shared services proposal

FLINT TWP. — Public comment will be taken after a Shared Services Informational Workshop at 6 p.m. on Feb 25, at the township hall’s Lavelle Auditorium, 1490 S. Dye Road.

The purpose is to explore the possibility of merging the township’s building department with those in Swartz Creek and Mundy Township, said Township Supervisor Karyn Miller.

The merger was one of the recommendations to come out of a Shared Services Study conducted last year to find potential ways for the three municipalities to work together to cut costs.

Swartz Creek and Mundy Township have been moving forward on the consolidation plan with a proposal drafted in recent weeks. The Flint Township Board has not formally addressed the proposed merger.

Miller stressed that Monday’s workshop meeting is informational only and no decision will be made then.

Speakers at the workshop will include Mark Nottley of Municipal Consulting Services of Ann Arbor, who conducted the Shared Services Study last year. results to the board in September after conducting a six-month month-long survey that looked at operations in the police, fire, building and assessing department.

Other workshop speakers will be Dave Guigear, Mundy Township Supervisor, Marty Johnson, a Mundy Township Building Official and Dan Eggleston of IT Right, the township’s new Information Technology Support provider.

Among suggestions stemming from Nottley’s study was for the board to look at upgrading to BS & A software which is specifically designed for government operations. Because Mundy Township already has it and other systems in place, Nottley suggested it as the logical entity to contract its services out to Flint Township and Swartz Creek.

He was paid a fee of $39,000 for which each participating municipality paid one-third of the cost.

The workshop presenters will be followed by a question and answer period and public comment, according to the agenda posted on the township web site.

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