BATON ROUGE, La. (NBC LOCAL 33) (FOX 44)- The proposed location of the long-awaited tire shredder was a cause for heated debate during the Metro Council meeting, Wednesday evening.
The tire shredder is an attempt to control tire pile ups in certain parts of the parish, particularly in North Baton Rouge. The CDC gave Louisiana a grant to find a solution. But, after the City-Parish convened to discuss the location, a few members voiced concern over the machine’s placement.
James Bradford Senior, a veteran and community activist, says the delay for finding a tire solution is hurting his neighborhood.
“If we’re trying to improve the quality of life in our area, this needs to be a service that’s provided now,” Bradford said.
Bradford lives in District 2, where problems with discarded tires are common. He says when he walks outside, he’ll often find tires lined up on his sidewalk or piled in fields around his home.
“I’ve called as often as I can to get tires picked up.”
The Metro Council has until June 2020 to finalize tire shredder plans. If the project isn’t completed by then, the City-Parish will lose the grant money.