Swartz Creek, Michigan

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Swartz Creek is a city in Genesee County in the U.S. state of Michigan. The population was 5,102 at the 2000 census. The city is a suburb of Flint and has incorporated land formerly within Flint Charter Township, Gaines Township, and Clayton Township, but is administratively autonomous from all three.

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Government

Swartz Creek uses a council-manager form of city government. The council has seven members, three are elected at-large and four are elected from the city's 4 precincts. There is only one ward. Council members serve four year terms with the precinct class and the at-large class staggered two years apart in even years. The City's mayor and mayor pro-tem are selected from amongst the Council's members. The council hires a chief administrative officer with the title of city manager to handle day-to-day administration.[3]

Together with Clayton Township the city runs a joint volunteer fire department, Swartz Creek Area Fire Department with two fire stations, one per municipality. The Swartz Creek Community School District provides the city and the surrounding townships with the high school, middle school, alternative high school and within the city 2 elementary schools.

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 4.0 square miles (10.4 km²), all land.

The West branch of the Swartz Creek flows from west to east through the city, generally along the southern border, toward the Flint River leave the Southeast corner of Clayton Township separated from the rest of the Township. Just south and parallel to the Creek is the Canadian National Railway line, formerly the Grand Trunk line, which runs between Flint and Durand.

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