Coal Pile Fire Prompts Community Meeting

By: Shannon Kantner Email
By: Shannon Kantner Email

The burning coal pile has been removed, and for some residnets, now the last traces of its odor have, too.

"Our house has been washed, our garage was washed, our shed was washed," said Debbie Kallweit, who lives next to the coal site.

At least two other houses in the neighborhood off of Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd. got the same treatment from Conrad Yelvington Distributors, who owns the coal property. It's a step in the right direction just before the community meeting set for Monday night.

"They still have to figure out what do we do if it happens again, so we don't get all this stuff in our houses, in our yards, in our throats," Kallweit said. "But, they seem to be trying."

The neighborhood is well aware of the meeting, but the Lansing Fire Department wanted to make sure they were. They handed out fliers over the weekend hoping residents would come out and get answers to their questions.

"To meet with the residents to just answer any of their concerns, and to perhaps, shed a little light on where we are in our steps at this point, and how we're going to work with the company to prevent any future incidents," said Assistant Lansing Fire Chief Trent Atkins.

The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, Mayor Virg Bernero, and a representative from CYDI are also expected to attend.

"The company has been more than cooperative, as far as at least responding to our requests, we'll be hopefully working with them into the future to develop a very specific plan on fire prevention," Atkins said.

The meeting starts at 6:30 at Gier Community Center.

"Not everyone is mad and wants to put them on a stake," Kallweit said. "But if they work with us, we won't have a problem."


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