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Letter to the editor
Keep burn policy, reader says

August 31, 2011

Dear Editor,

The privilege of burning by permit has allowed us to keep the yard beautiful with less labor and less cost during these challenging economic times.

We have allowed lots of trees to grow in our yard and we border a wet land. In order to keep it looking tidy we do extensive trimming of trees, shrubs and bushes. We have also had a few trees downed by wind and lightning.

The cost of hiring outside help to do this work and haul it away is to say the least astronomical. About four or five years ago we discovered the burn by permit program and have used it with great success.

We keep the yard trimmed up continuously and then 2 or 3 times a year burn the pile on designated burn days.

Our sub is lots of just over an acre. If it is windy or neighbors are doing outdoor activities, I do not burn.

I have tried to be respectful of others and have had no complaints. We feel that the program is very well managed by the fire department and we would be disappointed if the program were discontinued or curtailed.

Thank you,

Jim and Jana Koch

Independence Township

Independence Township Open Burning Ad Hoc Study Group's public forum is 7 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 31, at Independence Township Hall, 6483 Waldon Center Drive.