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December 29, 2010 - VILLAGE OF GOODRICH



Sec. 36-555. Outdoor Furnaces.

(1) The stove/furnace unit shall be only for the purpose of heating and/or hot water for a dwelling and/or accessory structure(s) on the same lot.

(2) The applicant for a permit for an outdoor wood furnace shall submit a site plan showing that the installation of the unit meets the following requirements:

(a)    The stove/furnace unit shall be a minimum of 30 feet from any other however, a structure built and used strictly for sheltering wood or other approved fuel for the unit may be located no less than eight feet from the unit.

(b)    The stove/furnace unit shall be located a minimum of 100 feet from any property line.

(c)    The unit shall not be located in the front yard.

(d)    Other than woodpiles and other approved combustibles used for fuel, an area at least 30 feet in diameter around the unit shall be free of ignitable vegetation and debris.

(e)    The chimney shall be insulated and a minimum of 10 feet high  to a maximum of 35 feet. Chimney guy wires, if necessary, shall be clearly visible at all heights below nine feet. If there are any other residences not served by the outdoor furnace within 250 feet, the insulated chimney shall also extend at least two (2) feet higher above the ground surface as the height of the roofs of all such residences. If such height exceeds manufacturer's specifications, then the outdoor furnace shall not be permitted. Chimneys shall have a spark arrestor installed on top and be constantly maintained in good repair without rust or other blighted areas.

(3) Emissions standards

(a)    All outdoor wood furnaces installed after the effective date of this Ordinance shall comply, at minimum, with the Phase 2 emissions guidelines of the United States Environmental Protection Agency's (USEPA) Voluntary Program for Hydronic Heaters. Should the USEPA, the State of Michigan or Genesee County adopt more restrictive emissions requirements, all wood boilers installed after the effective date of the new requirements shall comply with the more restrictive requirements.  

(b)    Any outdoor wood furnace installed prior to the adoption of this ordinance that does not meet this subsection C shall be considered to be conforming, provided that all other requirements of this Section are met.  

(4) A copy of the manufacturer's installation and operation instructions shall be submitted as part of the permit application. The applicant shall provide a written statement from the installer that the outdoor wood boiler was installed according to all manufacturer's instructions and any applicable Village, county, state or federal requirements.

(5) Burning Materials, Wood Storage, and Waste

(a) Only seasoned, dry and untreated wood and clean burning wood byproducts (such as wood pellets) may be used for fuel. Other biomass fuel materials may be used (such as corn cobs) provided that the unit is designed to burn such materials while meeting the emissions requirements stated in this Section.  Trash, garbage, plastics, gasoline, rubber, naphtha, material treated with petroleum products (particle board, railroad ties and pressure treated wood), leaves, paper products, cardboard and material that could pose a hazard to surrounding residents shall not be used for fuel.

(b) No more than one cord of firewood shall be kept or stored outdoors at any time, and firewood shall only be kept or stored in a straight and orderly, neat and secure stack, which shall be raised a minimum of 6 inches from grade and is not stacked more than 6 feet high.

(c) Firewood shall not be kept or stored in the front yard.

(d) All brush, debris and refuse from processing of firewood shall be promptly removed from the premises.

(6) The outdoor wood furnace shall be operated according to the manufacturer's instructions as well as all applicable Village, county, state or federal requirements.

Sec. 36-8. Definitions.

Chimney.  A vertical structure enclosing a flue or flues that carry off smoke or exhaust from an outdoor furnace, including that part of the structure extending above a roof.

Firewood. Trunks and branches of trees and bushes, but does not include leaves, needles, vines or brush smaller than three inches in diameter.

Outdoor Wood Burning Furnace.  Any equipment, device or apparatus, or any part thereof, which is installed, affixed or situated outdoors for the primary purpose of combustion of fuel to produce heat or energy used as a component of a heating system providing heat for any interior space.

Untreated Lumber.  Dry wood that has been milled and dried but which has not been treated or combined with any petroleum product, chemical, preservative, glue, adhesive, stain, paint or other substance.

clerk's Certification

I, Patricia Schierup, the duly appointed Clerk of the Village of Goodrich, hereby certify that the foregoing is a true and accurate copy of the Ordinance 144 that was adopted by the Village of Goodrich Council, Genesee County, Michigan at a regular meeting held on the 13th day of December, 2010, the original of which is on file in my office and available to the public. Public notice of said meeting was given pursuant to and in compliance with the Open Meetings Act number 267 if the Michigan Public Acts of 1976, including in the case of special or rescheduling meeting notices, by posting at least 18 hours prior to the time set for said meeting. In testimony whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and affixed the seal of the Village of Goodrich on this 13th day of December, 2010.

Ordinance Number: 144

Date Adopted: 12/13/2010

Published: 12/18/2010

Effective: 12/23/2010

Publish in The Citizen 12-18-10

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