Township awarded state scrap tire clean-up grant

FLINT TWP. — Now is a good time to look around the house and yard for old tires that need junking. The township will soon be offering a place to get rid of them.

Trustee Belenda Parker reported to the township board last week that an application for a Scrap Tire Cleanup grant was awarded.

Parker brought information about the grant availability to the board’s attention last fall then spearheaded the application to the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ).

Parker said she has received word that that the scrap tire grant has been awarded to the township and she has returned the contract to the DEQ to be finalized.

“Once I get that back, we will be able to set up a day and time for pickup,’’ she said.

Township Supervisor Karyn MIller asked that she work with Clerk Kim Courts to coordinate and publicize the time and place when the event is set.

Details are not yet available but Parker said last fall, before applying for the grant that a drop-off site would probably be set up at the township hall on Dye Road.

No clean-up days can be scheduled prior to April 1, according to grant criteria posted on the DEQ web site, which also said that grants up to $3,000 would be made to eligible applicants.

The funding is for residential cleanup only. Commercial business cannot participate, according to DEQ grant rules.

After collecting the tires, the township will have one week to have them hauled away by a licensed scrap tire processor, the rules state. Parker said previously that she had identified two or three authorized processors in the area who would be asked to submit competitive bids to do the haul-away work.

The township also is required to provide a final count of the number of tires collected and submit documentation to the DEQ for reimbursement.

Parker also said previously that each resident would be allowed to bring up to seven tires maximum.

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