2017-09-14 / News Briefs

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MCC to save $375,000 in interest

FLINT -- Mott Community College will maximize taxpayers’ dollars through re-funding of voter-authorized bonds projecting interest savings of approximately $375,000. The bonds in question are “call-able,” allowing the college an opportunity to re-fund them at a lower interest rate than the existing debt.

“This proposed action demonstrates a continued commitment to fiscal responsibility to its local taxpayers by MCC,” said Larry Gawthrop, chief financial officer for MCC. “We will continue to look for savings opportunities as we move forward.”

Re-funding can create considerable savings in interest costs. In the past 12 years, MCC has refunded several of its previous bonds and saved more than $4.5 million in interest. – L.R.

September is preparedness month

FLINT – September is National Preparedness Month. This year’s theme is “Disasters Don’t Plan Ahead. You Can.” The Genesee County Health Department encourages individuals, businesses and communities to prepare for emergencies.

The health department’s website has free emergency plan templates under the “Resources” tab to aid in developing a plan. Visit www.gchd.us for more. – L.R.

Kildee announces grant

WASHINGTON DC – Congressman Dan Kildee has announced that 25 new AmeriCorps VISTA members will serve in the Flint Community Schools thanks to a federal grant through the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS). The $449,512 federal grant, awarded to the Crim Fitness Foundation, will support 25 AmeriCorps VISTA members serving in the Flint Community School Corps in before- and after-school programs. Additionally, the Crim Fitness Foundation will match a portion of this federal grant with $61,413 for the program.

“Every child, no matter the zip code they are born into, deserves an equal opportunity to succeed,” Kildee said. “National service programs like AmeriCorps VISTA are helping Flint kids improve their academic performance.” – L.R.

SOS to register voters at UM-F

FLINT – University of Michigan – Flint students can register to vote at the mobile Secretary of State office Tuesday, Sept. 19. The office will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., outside the William S. White Building, 509 N. Harrison St.

The mobile office is part of the school’s Constitution Day events. Constitution Day recognizes the adoption of the U.S. Constitution.

Students, faculty, staff and visitors may utilize the mobile office, which offers all the services available at the regular office, such as renewing driver’s licenses and license plate tabs, instant titles and address changes. – L.R.

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