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Posted: 01/02/13

Ray will move toward
curbside recycling in `13

by KELLI KREGER
Observer Special Writer
      Eliminating the Ray Township Recycling Facility and converting it to a curbside recycling pickup will be the major goal for the Ray Township Board of Trustees during the year 2013.
       "A number of reasons make this necessary, such as the volume of material is overwhelming, caused by the lack of crushing material and use by out-of-township persons," said Supervisor Charlie Bohm.
       Currently, the township uses the Boxxster system by National Recycling, a Romeo based company. The recycling facility is located on Wolcott Road behind the Ray Township Fire Department and is open to all Ray Township residents.
       The township is currently taking bids from vendors who would like to provide curbside pickup of trash and recyclables.
       "By the use of a packer truck, the volume will be reduced and take the burden of keeping the facility clean off of our personnel," said Bohm.
       The township plans to build a storage facility at the recycle yard for equipment and materials that are currently left outside, said Bohm.
       They also plan to improve township roads this year by participating in the Macomb County Department of Roads limestone project.
       "We have signed up to apply 2 miles of crushed limestone again this year. We will be doing 30 Mile Road from North Avenue west for however much the county offers," said Bohm. "A cost has not been established as of yet but I don't anticipate a large increase from the cost of last year."
       Previously the program was a 90/10 split, with the township paying for 10 percent of the project.
       The township will also be working toward creating an approved Recreation Plan. Currently there is no timeline to assure completion of this project, but it would allow the township to apply for grants and/or improve facilities, said Bohm.
       The Board of Trustees is also committed to balancing the upcoming 2013/2014 budget.
       "We will not be receiving any CDBG funds this year due to a change in the program in that area," said Bohm.


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