Reporter Steve Schulwitz recently told us that Alpana County has several directions it may go to spend the $ 5.5 million money in the U.S. Rescue Program Law money it received from the federal government.
It may invest in some of its current facilities, some of which need significant refurbishment.
She may honor Alpana’s $ 1 million request for a new clear well at a city sewage treatment plant.
And this may honor the request of Alpena Resource Recovery, the local recycling operator, for money to build a new recycling facility near the Alpena County Regional Airport. Resource Recovery has received a $ 1 million state grant for the project, but needs help making the adjustment.
All of these projects are worthwhile, and the county has enough money to help everyone.
But we call on the Board of Governors of the district to pay special attention to the request for the recycling facility.
Recycling pays big dividends to all of us. It removes waste from our landfills, and helps the environment. This prevents the production of some new plastics, and helps keep this plastic away from our large lakes (big problem). It saves energy from production, helps slow down climate change, and it conserves natural resources such as wood, which also yields climate benefits.
District Director Mary Catherine Hannah said investing in recycling may have economic benefits, also by enticing industries involved in the processing and production of recycled materials for our communities.
We hope the Commissioners will give a good and careful look at the request.