Residents want to see piles of tires roll away - WNEM TV 5

Residents want to see piles of tires roll away

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Towering piles of tires are not a pretty sight for those living and working near an abandoned auto shop in Genesee County.

“It’s pretty messy back there and the guy who owns the place doesn’t do anything to try and clean it up,” said Joe Dodd, Flint resident.

Dodd spends a lot of time at the Peppermint Lounge in Genesee Township. Right next door sits an abandoned auto shot with thousands of tires left behind.

“It creates a lot of problems. Makes bugs and mosquitoes and environmental things. It should be gone,” Dodd said.

It’s more than just a breeding ground for mosquitoes. The Department of Environmental Quality said run off from scrap tires can contaminate surface water and ground water.

The tires are also a fire hazard.

Brenda Livengood works at the restaurant across the street. She is not a fan of the abandoned tires.

“It looks terrible, honestly,” she said.

The process to get rid of the tires starts on Thursday.

The owner of the property received a $40,000 grant from the state’s Scrap Tire Fund, but it could take up to a month to get rid of all the tires.

Residents nearby are thrilled the tires are finally going to be gone.

“Been fighting for it for a long time,” Dodd said.

There are about 20,000 tires on the abandoned lot. They will be recycled and used for energy.

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