Source: Sherman Publications

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