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Final Manistee County Scrap Tire Event This Saturday

Manistee County, MI (October 8, 2018) – Manistee County will be holding the final scrap tire clean-up event of 2018 on October 13th. The event will be held at the Manistee County Fairgrounds, rain or shine, from 10:00am to 2:00pm, or until the trailers are full. The events are made possible by a Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) Scrap Tire Cleanup Grant.

The first event was a huge success with overwhelming participation that caused the event to close early. An additional trailer has been authorized by the MDEQ to allow for the collection of more tires on a first come first serve basis.

Only Manistee County residents will be allowed to dispose of ten (10) tires per vehicle with a $1 fee per tire. The fee per tire must be paid in cash at the time of drop-off. Proof of residency will be required at the event in the form of valid Michigan Driver’s License, State ID or recent utility/tax bill. Residents are reminded to bring only clean and off-the-rim passenger and light duty truck tires. Tires from businesses and commercial farms will not be accepted due to the type of grant Manistee County was awarded.

To ease traffic and to keep M-22 clear, residents are asked to enter on Jones Road south of the Fairgrounds. Follow special event signs to the drop-off point. Traffic will only be accepted into the event when coming from Jones Road. Please use caution and be respectful as this is a residential area.

Tires will be accepted only during event hours, no early or late drop-offs. Leaving tires before or after event hours is illegal dumping, which is a punishable offense. For those unable to attend the event, check with local tire vendors for alternative disposal sources available year-round. Manistee Tire and Family Tire Service of Manistee accept car/truck tires for a fee. To avoid having to dispose of tires yourself, pay the disposal fee at the tire retailer when buying new ones instead of bringing them home with you.

The MDEQ provides grants for scrap tire clean-up programs to protect public health and the environment. When stored outdoors tires become rain catchers making them ideal breeding grounds for mosquitos and stockpiled tires become a fire safety hazard. Removing these hazards from your property improves the natural beauty of Manistee County while eliminating health risks. Tires collected at the event will be handled by a licensed Michigan scrap tire processor, CM Rubber Technologies who uses recycled tires to manufacture products such as landscaping mulch, playground surfacing, and drain field aggregate.

Volunteers are needed to help staff the event. For more information on volunteering, please contact Manistee County Recycles at 855.2Go.Zero (855.246.9376) or kaela@iriswastediversion.com.

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Kaela Hippensteel, Project Assistant
Manistee County Recycling
Recycling Hotline: 855-2Go-Zero (855-246-9376)

Manistee County PA69 Recycling Program is operated under contract by Iris Waste Diversion Specialists, Inc. on behalf of Arcadia, Brown, Cleon, Maple Grove, Marilla,
Onekama and Springdale Townships.

Contact:    Martin Ackley, Director of Public and Governmental Affairs, 517-241-4395

                  Bill DiSessa, Spokesperson, 517-335-6649

State Seeks Public Input for Federal

Preschool Development Grant Application

October 4, 2018

LANSING – The Michigan Department of Education (MDE) is seeking public input on its application for the Preschool Development Grant Birth through Five (PDG B-5) opportunity from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

“We need input from parents, providers, and partners to make this a successful grant application,” said Interim State Superintendent Sheila Alles. “This application includes updating a strategic plan, based on a needs assessment that identifies strategies to improve collaboration, coordination, and the overall quality of programs and services, and we’re seeking public input for that.”

MDE has designed a brief online survey to engage stakeholders for their input. Parent, providers and stakeholders are encouraged to provide their input through the survey by October 12, 2018 at the following link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/QGQZ8MZ

Those taking the survey will be asked to share: what information you would like Michigan to collect during the needs assessment; how Michigan can better support parental choice during their child’s early years; and how to increase collaboration and improve transitions from early childhood care and education programs to elementary school.

The PDG B-5 Grant Opportunity is a competitive grant program designed to support states in coordinating and aligning early childhood care and education programs, resources, and services that already exist, improving program quality; facilitating better partnerships between programs and improving the transition from early childhood programs into elementary school; increasing program operating and cost efficiencies; expanding parental choices and involvement; and ensuring families are linked to the full range of services they need.

The grant will focus on the existing resources in the state and supporting families to engage in their children’s education across the age span. The grant will not fund additional preschool “slots” for children.

Michigan’s application will particularly focus on supports for children ages 0–3 years, which supports Michigan’s Top 10 in 10 Goals 1 and 5 to provide every child access to an aligned, high-quality P-20 system from early childhood to post-secondary attainment and ensuring that parents are engaged and supported partners in their child’s education.

Below are links to the full grant application and documents from a technical assistance webinar held on September 18.

https://ami.grantsolutions.gov/index.cfm?switch=foa&fon=HHS-2018-ACF-OCC-TP-1379

https://www.acf.hhs.gov/sites/default/files/occ/pdg_b_5_applicant_training_09_18_2018.pdf

In addition, a dedicated email address will collect questions and thoughts through October 11. That email address is: MDE-PDG-B…@michigan.gov.

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September 17, 2018

Manistee Summit Presentation

Please follow the link below to access our full presentation.  Thank you to the AES consultants for their Manistee Summit presentations:  Marv Radtke on Broadband and Lori Pung on Housing

Manistee County Summit 2018