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June 26, 2014

Elmwood Township recycling site opens with new scenery

TRAVERSE CITY -- The bins on Cherry Bend Road handle more recyclable material than any other site in Leelanau County, but for years it hasn’t been much to boast about.

“It was rendered into a state of disrepair with pot holes. And when it rained we had miniature ponds,” said Jack Kelly, the Elmwood Township supervisor.

Township officials renovated the site, which reopened this month after being closed six weeks for repairs.

Now the lot has planter surfaces, landscaping, and controls parking lot runoff.

“It is really quite nice,” Kelly said. “The site is very attractive now.”

The lot was designed to allow runoff to flow into two drains that allow water to flow through 7 feet of rock and filter back into an aquifer.

The entire project cost about $90,000, Kelly said. About $11,000 came from Leelanau County and the rest came from the township.

Township officials set aside about $40,000 in case the Grand Traverse County septage treatment facility operated at a loss in the last year. But the township was able to keep the money and received an additional $20,000 from the facility. The last $19,000 came from the township’s general fund, Kelly said.

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