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Letter to the Editor

Reader predicts 400 ft burn policy trouble

March 13, 2013 - Dear Editor,

In response to "A call to respect neighbors when open burning," Feb. 27, Tammie Heazlit should do herself and her neighbors a favor and report the neighbor who is burning from "7 a.m. till after dark, up to 16 hours straight." Your neighbor is clearly violating township burn policies.

FYI, March 8 thru Nov. 1, summer hours, are from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., 12 hours. Winter hours, Nov. 2 thru March 7, are from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., 10 hours. Burning is allowed only on designated days.

As for the 400-foot policy, I can foresee big problems enforcing a policy taking away one's burning privileges based solely upon who lives next door.

I've followed the open burning policy for 28 years. I certainly would respect a neighbor's illness and coordinate my burning accordingly.

I think the 400-foot rule is a bad policy that pits neighbor against neighbor and won't accomplish a thing. We both know that it's foolish to believe that a 400-foot rule is going to stop the wind from carrying smoke to someone's house.

The proper solution should have been a designated ONE Saturday per month, 8 a.m.-6 p.m. open burn policy, with strict fines for violating this policy.

This type of policy would be easy to enforce and respects the wishes of both non-burners and burners. Both parties should be making concessions, not just the burners. The new board needs to re-examine this policy and make it fair for all, or it will never hear the end of it!

Michael Powell

Independence Township

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