Flint has had issues with illegal tire dumping this year, and now Michigan is stepping up to help take care of the problem.

Flint Mayor Sheldon Neeley recently partnered up with Crime Stoppers to offer a $2k reward to catch the people responsible for dumping tires illegally in Flint. The fight against blight has been front and center in Flint this year. Mayor Neeley has earmarked $2 Million for blight removal, and now has more money from the state to help specifically with tire removal.

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The City of Flint was awarded the $10k grant by the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy this week.

The money will be used towards tire recycling events throughout the year, along with actual cleanup efforts throughout the city. The City of Flint was not the only area in Genesee County to get some grant money. On the list of recipients, another $14k is slated to go toward something called "Private Property - Flint".

I'll be completely honest here, I don't know exactly what that means. I know what private property is obviously, but I don't know where that $14k is going exactly. If the entire city is only getting $10k, it seems weird that private property would get more. Maybe the money is managed by city officials to clean up private property, but I don't know for sure.

No matter where the money is going specifically, I think we can all agree that it is needed. The tires collected at the recycling events can be used in so many good ways after they are broken down. There really is no reason to just dump tires in an empty lot and hope for the best.

I really do think that with the money allocated to get rid of blight in the city, and this renewed focus on illegal dumping, we are about to see some major changes in Flint over the summer.


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