Conservation district to host tire collection in June

Pre-registration required by June 23

The Oceana Conservation District will again host a scrap tire collection Saturday, June 24 in Hart.

The collection will take place because the conservation district received a grant from the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality to cover costs of the collection.

Tires will be recycled into drain field aggregate, landscaping mulch, playground cover, and/or crumb rubber.

Pre-registration is required as space is limited. Passenger car and truck tires will be accepted from Oceana County residents only (no businesses). All rims and excess dirt must be removed prior to drop off at the Oceana County Road Commission.  

Call 231-861-5600 or e-mail t suzie.knoll@macd.org to reserve space for your tires by noon June 23.

The conservation district is also in search of volunteers to help load the anticipated 3,000 tires into trailers.

USDA offering home repair loans in Oceana and Mecosta counties

The U.S. Dept. of Agriculture Rural Development is currently accepting applications from very low income families for home repair loans in Oceana and Mecosta counties.

“As the weather warms up, now is an excellent time to look at needed home repairs,” said Grand Rapids Area Office Director Richie Youngblood.  “From windows to the roof, these loans can help make rural homes safer and more accessible.”

The funds are available through the Section 504 Home Repair Loan Program. Loans may be up to $20,000, carry an interest rate of 1 percent and can be used for repairs, improvements, weatherization, and to make a home accessible for persons with a disability.

Applicants must have an acceptable credit history, meet income guidelines, have repayment ability to service the new loan and any existing obligations, be a United States citizen or legally admitted for permanent residence, and own and personally occupy the home on a permanent basis.

To learn more, contact the USDA Rural Development Grand Rapids Office at 616-942-4111 Ext. 6 or visit www.rd.usda.gov/mi.