Road Side Mowing Discontinued

In the past, the DPW has mowed a number of roadsides in the Village (North side of Prior Road, East side of Lansing Road, east and west sides of Bancroft Road, etc.) as well as sprayed and mowed along CN Railroad’s tracks.  Under advise from the Village Attorney and auditors, we have discontinued this practice as well as other practices that use public funds (equipment, materials and wages) for private purposes.  The Dept. of Treasury has advised that such use of public funds for private purposes is illegal and they are cracking down on these prohibited practices.  The Village will still be mowing roadsides, but only those roadsides adjacent to Village owned properties.  It would be fundamentally unfair to have a few adjacent property owners get their roadsides mowed at Village expense, yet the vast majority of the rest of the residents be required to mow their own roadsides, at their own expense.

USDA Home Ownership and Home Repair Programs

The U.S. Dept. of Agriculture (USDA) has two programs available that might be of some interest to Village residents:

A. The USDA 502 Direct Single Family Housing Program offers low income home ownership loans.  A brochure for this program can be found here: FY16 502 Low Income Home Ownership Brochure .

B.  The USDA 504 Single Family Housing Home Repair Program provides loans and grants to help very low-income applicants repair and modernize their home affordably.  A brochure for this program can be found here:  FY15 504 Home Repair Program Brochure .

For more information about these or other USDA programs, contact the Flint Sub-Area Office at (810) 230-8766, ext. 4 or visit 1525 North Elms Road in Flint, Michigan  48532, serving Shiawassee county.

How Are Lead Levels in Bancroft Water?

With all the concern about lead levels in Flint’s water supply, some people are asking about the lead levels in Bancroft’s water.  We have a water quality report from 2014 posted here on the Village website  2014 Water Quality Report.  There you will see that Bancroft’s lead levels were tested at 2 ppb (parts per billion).  A more recent report from the Michigan Dept of Environmental Quality shows that of 10 Village of Bancroft water samples taken between June 2015 and December 2015, one sample found lead at 2 ppb, 3 samples tested lead at 1 ppb and 6 samples did not find any detectable lead.  See that report here. 2015 Lead Copper Test Results  By way of comparison, the City of Owosso is reassuring its citizens that lead in its water has been tested at an acceptable level of only 11 ppb (about eleven times Bancroft’s level).  Levels that exceeds 15 ppb would require treatment.  However, lead levels can vary by location.  The cleaning or repair of old water pipes can cause lead levels in a home to change.  The Village of Bancroft not only collects water samples from various access points within our water system, we also collect water samples from random homes within the Village every year to test.  The Village cannot test every home individually.  The Village of Bancroft provides a high quality drinking water.  According to the DEQ, “[l]ead in drinking water is primarily from materials and components associated with service lines and home plumbing”.  The DEQ also states that when water “has been sitting for several hours, you can minimize the potential for lead exposure by flushing your tap for 30 seconds to 2 minutes before using water for drinking or cooking.  If you are concerned about lead in your water, you may wish to have your water tested.  Information on lead in drinking water, testing methods, and steps you can take to minimize exposure is available from the Safe Drinking Water Hotline at 1-800-426-4791 or at http://water.epa.gov/drink/info/lead.”  Also, home tests kits available from home improvement stores like Home Depot, or on the internet.  Those tests typically run around $15.  Quality water filters can also be installed at your tap or elsewhere in your home water system that will not only remove lead, but also remove other unwanted substances.

Snow and Ice Removal

Village residents are reminded that Ordinance 215-97, Section 11, requires all “occupants” OR “owners” to clear ice and snow from any sidewalk adjacent to their property.  Any owner, landlord, or ANY occupant not clearing the sidewalk of overnight snow by noon can be issued a civil infraction.  1st offense is $25 plus costs.  2nd offense is $50 plus costs.  3rd offense is $100 plus costs.

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