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Contractor Pulls out of Tire Shredder Agreement with BR; Cites Bureaucratic Dysfunction


EBR loses out on a $600K grant for a FREE tire shredder due to the dysfunctionality of the City Parish.

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Saying she's fed up with political and bureaucratic dysfunction, a local contractor has pulled out of a deal with East Baton Rouge Parish to operate a proposed tire-shredding facility.

That means a $605,000 grant is likely lost, and the city will have to pay if it wants to process the thousands of abandoned tires dumped illegally in the city's poorest neighborhoods, instead of having its own equipment to do so.


The grant, awarded to Baton Rouge in 2018 by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, was part of a first-of-its-kind pilot program to tamp down on the region's deadly mosquito population, which breeds in pools of stagnant water that collect in abandoned tires.

After years of political wrangling, it appeared the project was finally on its way to fruition. A local contractor, Diane Baum, had agreed to cover the expenses of operating the site in return for the shredded end-product, which she planned to mold into silt fences for construction, among other uses.

Baum even agreed to purchase property to house the grant-funded tire shredder — and lease it to the city-parish for $1 — after it became clear that an agreeable municipally-owned site did not exist.

But ultimately, a site was never approved by the Metro Council and the Mayor's Office missed a Sept. 1 deadline to purchase the shredder.

Baum decided she'd had enough. On Sept. 4, she put in notice that she was pulling out of the agreement with the city, calling the local political process "dysfunctional." Over time, she said, the "carrot on a stick" of incentives from the city-parish felt more "like poo in a bag."


"I felt like, in the end, the city-parish was very incompetent in following through on some very simple things," Baum said.


Baum said she's moving forward on the project on her own and will purchase a tire shredder without the assistance of the city-parish. She plans to be "community minded" — but now she's under no obligation to take tires from the city-parish for free.

"The city is really the one that loses out here, not me," Baum said.

The grant, which is being administered by the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals, was originally set to lapse in the spring. But, with the disruption caused by the coronavirus pandemic, the deadline was extended to September.

Mark Armstrong, a spokesperson for the Mayor's Office, said the city-parish didn't want to commit the funds to purchase a shredder without first receiving a commitment from the state that the award was still available. That reassurance never came.


Aly Neel, a spokesperson for LDH, said the department is reviewing the implications of the missed deadline and determining next steps.

Baton Rouge currently has few options for the disposal of tires, which are often dumped hundreds at a time in the city's poorest communities. The landfill can't process them, and a contract with Colt Industries to ship them out at $500 a truckload can barely keep up.

The tire shredder initiative was initially spearheaded on the Metro Council by Matt Watson, a councilman who is now running for mayor-president. He says that members of Mayor Sharon Weston Broome's administration should be "ashamed" of themselves for letting the federal grant slip through their fingers.

"We could've done something that is positive to remove blight and increase public safety, and yet, petty politics and selfishness has caused us to lose this opportunity," Watson said.

Armstrong countered that the project was always a council matter and said the mayor's office "hasn't done anything to obstruct that process."


Until recently, the project rarely seemed like a sure bet. For months, it faced headwinds on the Metro Council from Chauna Banks, a councilwoman who protested a plan to place the shredder in her predominantly Black, low-income district. After another location was identified near Baker, residents in a nearby neighborhood successfully quashed its relocation.

Baum said she's closing soon on property, located at 100 Springfield Road, to house her new private tire shredding facility. She said she plans to partner with Mosquito Abatement and Rodent Control so they can study the impact of eliminating abandoned tires on mosquito populations.


Bonus: Video of Gravy demanding the shredder not be moved to North Baton Rouge because its an eyesore and he doesn't want that in his community. LINK
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That’s BR
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Bonus: Video of Gravy demanding the shredder not be moved to North Baton Rouge because its an eyesore and he doesn't want that in his community

Pretty much all of NBR is already an eyesore


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absolutely pathetic


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Elections have consequences.


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Idiots.


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Bonus: Video of Gravy demanding the shredder not be moved to North Baton Rouge because its an eyesore and he doesn't want that in his community.


More of an eyesore than thousands of tires laying all over the place.


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Video of Gravy demanding the shredder not be moved to North Baton Rouge because its an eyesore and he doesn't want that in his community.


A tire shredder would be the nicest structure in NBR.


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The grant, awarded to Baton Rouge in 2018 by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, was part of a first-of-its-kind pilot program to tamp down on the region's deadly mosquito population, which breeds in pools of stagnant water that collect in abandoned tires.


This is the only part that really surprised me. The CDC is handing out hundreds of thousands of dollars to shred tires because of mosquitos?! They had way too much money. Perhaps it could have been used in different ways...


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Baton Rouge currently has few options for the disposal of tires, which are often dumped hundreds at a time in the city's poorest communities.

This is what I’m confused about. Seems like you could track who is dumping that large of an amount of tires.


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Pretty much all of NBR is already an eyesore


Yeah, I think the ridiculousness of Gravy’s statement is the point.


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Why wasn’t this bolded? It’s the best part.

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Over time, she said, the "carrot on a stick" of incentives from the city-parish felt more "like poo in a bag."


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This is the only part that really surprised me. The CDC is handing out hundreds of thousands of dollars to shred tires because of mosquitos?! They had way too much money. Perhaps it could have been used in different ways...



Bro, have you seen the size of that damn mosquito and rodent control MEGA STRUCTURE they built by the airport?



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Bro, have you seen the size of that damn mosquito and rodent control MEGA STRUCTURE they built by the airport?


No. Thankfully I haven’t had to go to BR airport in about 10 years. Unfortunately I still have to return to BR for football games occasionally.


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Video of Gravy demanding the shredder not be moved to North Baton Rouge because its an eyesore and he doesn't want that in his community.


I can’t keep up. When is it racist to open something or not open something in NBR?


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Why wasn’t this bolded? It’s the best part.



I thought I caught that. Edited.


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Gravy would rather trash in EBR than it cleaned up. Telling.

Not shocking though.


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A tire shredder would be the nicest structure in NBR


It would have gone inside an existing metal building. That was owned by Mosquito and Rodent Control. On their property. Next to the airport and prison.

I did a feasibility study on it a few years back and the building was well suited for this use.


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Bonus: Video of Gravy demanding the shredder not be moved to North Baton Rouge because its an eyesore


Just insanity BR lets this person speak for the City.
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The level of dysfunction in BR is astounding sometimes.


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