Monthly Archives: June 2014

Junk Tires

IMG_1206On June 28 the Mason-Lake Soil Conservation district sponsored a junk tire drop-off, giving residents a chance to get rid of unwanted tires for free or a donation.

Tires are relatively inert, they don’t leach toxic chemicals, (at least not quickly). All those millions of tires that wear out every year, all that rubber that disappears from your wheels has to go somewhere. It’s deposited on the pavement and the rain and snow washes it into creeks and rivers, and into the ground water. After a hundred years of driving no one yet has raised an alarm about rubber in the water.

The big sin of scrap tires is that they hold water. They’re black and absorb heat from the sun and make an ideal mosquito hatchery. Also, in a pile they are a fire hazard, they’re unsightly and if buried gradually work their way to the surface with every freeze/thaw cycle.

IMG_1207A volunteer effort by the RCCRC collected 16 tires in just a two mile stretch of Campbell road and brought them to the pick-up site. One can only wonder about the enlightened citizens who take it upon themselves to deposit these in the deepest ditches and most overgrown areas on backcountry roads.

Carole Woolston

 Our dear friend and former Conservation Club board member Carole Woolston died on June 16 at her home, as she wanted.  We will greatly miss her cheerful help at events and her friendship that gave us such fun times. 

FEMA, Flood Plains and Flood Insurance

dscn0475_0039On July 14th, at the regular scheduled Logan Township meeting there will be discussion regarding the recent rule changes from FEMA about the availability of flood insurance in the designated flood plain of the Pere Marquette river.

Currently if you have a home in the flood plain, flood insurance is unavailable or so prohibitively expensive it may as well be. The rule change mandates you must have flood insurance if you have a mortgage or the lender can demand payment if full. Liability is capped at $35000 for a single family dwelling and $10000 for the contents.

Availability is also determined by your relationship to the flood plain, mainly your elevation in regards to historic river levels. The FEMA flood plains maps are here It takes some fooling around to find anything, your tax dollars weren’t spent on an easy to use web format, and how it might effect your township taxes hopefully will be explained on July 14th.