2013-03-21 / Front Page

Township declares ‘Ken Thomas Day’

BY PAULA BARBEE
810-452-2647 • pbarbee@mihomepaper.com


Ken Thomas, owner of Thomas Appliance in Grand Blanc, was recently honored by the Township Board with a resolution declaring March 14 as “Ken Thomas Day.” Thomas, a life-long resident of Grand Blanc has been involved in multiple events and fundraisers of benefit to the community. 
Photo by Paula Barbee Ken Thomas, owner of Thomas Appliance in Grand Blanc, was recently honored by the Township Board with a resolution declaring March 14 as “Ken Thomas Day.” Thomas, a life-long resident of Grand Blanc has been involved in multiple events and fundraisers of benefit to the community. Photo by Paula Barbee GRAND BLANC TWP. — Ken Thomas, owner of Thomas Appliance in Grand Blanc, was recently honored by the board with a resolution declaring March 14 as Ken Thomas Day.

Thomas, a life-long resident of Grand Blanc, has been involved in multiple community events and fundraisers, including the Cuffs and Clubs Golf Scramble last year which raised money for the Township Police Department’s K-9 program.

The event is scheduled to occur again this year with money raised to go in support of the same cause.

Thomas was also committee chair for the recent End of the World Party — You Can’t Take It With You Event, held in December to raise money for a second pavilion at Creasey Bicentennial Park.

“Thank you so much for this honor,” said Thomas. He was soundly applauded for his civic work by the board and members of the Webelo’s troop he helps to lead.

In other business, the board will consider revision of the policy which dictates how and when township facilities may be used for purposes other than township business. The issue arose out of the board’s approval of the request to hold the Grand Blanc High School’s Art Council annual show in the auditorium where the board was meeting.

The use is allowed under the policy as it is a school function, but newly contracted Superintendent Keith Edwards said he thinks it could be a little more clear in defining who ultimately authorizes such uses.

“I agree with (Edwards),” Trustee Bennett said. “(This) shouldn’t have to come to the board for every event to be approved.”

In such cases the only cost to the township is for a staff person to open and/or close the building and to be there in case of an accident such as a drink spill.

A somewhat contentious purchasing policy was also approved, over the objections and “no” vote of Township Treasurer Earl Guzak, who was not in favor of raising the spending limit for department heads or Edwards.

“My only problem is in raising the limit without bids,” said Guzak. “If it’s working don’t change it.”

The policy was revised to allow the superintendent to make purchases up to $10,000 with three cost estimates and authorize him to choose the best offer.

“Limits were set in the past to control cash flow,” Guzak added. “In the past we have not seen a situation to suggest such a change is needed.” Other board members agreed with the new policy stating they felt if Edwards had the responsibility he should also have the authority.

“Knowing Keith and his willingness to work with everybody I am in favor of this,” Township Supervisor Mikki Hoffman said.

Bennett added, “We hired a manager to handle internal operations. I’d like to see him have the room to work with.”

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