2018-02-15 / Front Page

Twp. board plans for logo, monument sign

Police to get new weapons
By Paula K. Schmidt
810-452-2647 • pschmidt@mihomepaper.com

These are six preliminary designs drawn up for the board of trustees to consider. Costs vary widely and these may significantly change dependent on the outcome of a new logo which is in the works. These are six preliminary designs drawn up for the board of trustees to consider. Costs vary widely and these may significantly change dependent on the outcome of a new logo which is in the works. GRAND BLANC TWP. — As part of their move to bring new business into the area, including a grand plan for a proposed business park (Technology Village), the township board plans to seek input on updating the current, dated sign out front, and also designing a new logo for the township.

A request for quotes (RFQ) was submitted and six options received (see photo). Supervisor Scott Bennett, however, said before they are voted on, he would like to see about getting a new logo designed.

The current logo is multi-layered and features trees, buildings and a flag, but doesn't have a clear visible logo aspect, especially when reduced in size, Bennett said. That current design was chosen from a contest held several years ago per township Clerk Cathy Lane.

According to township officials, the current sign was made in 2002 following a 1998 remodel of the township hall, which was converted to it’s present state from a building built in the ‘70s. A professional marketing video prompted the changes, as the dated exterior of the township hall and the sign didn't fit in with the image officials are trying to project to outside entities, Superintendent Dennis Liimatta explained.

“We really wanted to start that conversation about how do we brand ourselves—what’s our image?” Liimatta said.

“We’re working on putting a marketing-branding video together which would include a computer animated fly-over of the proposed Technology Village, the schools, Bicentennial Park and other township features, which could be on the website to help promote the township.”

The sign is ‘non-descript,’ according to Liimatta, and doesn't portray how community leaders want Grand Blanc Township to be viewed.

Unfortunately, it was not a previously-budgeted item and would require an amendment to the budget, but board consensus leaned in favor of an electronic sign which could notify the public of meetings and other important information.

The prices can go from $10,000 up to $31,000 for electronic message signs. Although some expressed concerns about spending the money, Liimatta felt it was justified as they have businesses who are currently proposing multi-million dollar investments in the township and he wants to be able to project a professional and presentable image to those and others who might also be considering investment.

Announcements regarding the creation of a new logo are expected in the near future.

In other business, the board approved new handguns, rail lights, magazine pouches, and holsters for the sworn officers of the police department, for $14,523. Chief Ron Wiles explained their current weapons are about 20 years old and, at a minimum, fire approximately 200 rounds a year for training purposes.

Wiles was able to negotiate a deal with the current weapon provider (Sig Sauer) to have them buy back the current ones, resulting in a significant savings.

Also approved was the budgeted purchase of a Chevrolet Tahoe Police Pursuit vehicle for the Patrol Division for $43,492 (including equipment installation and outfitting). Wiles also expressed to the board they are in need of replacing other cruisers, but there is difficulty finding sedans that are of the quality he is looking for and the patrol officers prefer them over the SUVs.

There was no motion on the agenda or made regarding the previous meeting’s debate on having township attorney David Lattie look into the process of dissolving the joint fire operating agreement with the city (details in Feb. 8 Grand Blanc View).

Parks & Recreation Commission representative Ken Thomas reported they are working on revising the current 41-year-old joint operating agreement for the parks and more information will be forthcoming.

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