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I'd like to respond to the concerns about the burn policy. I am affected by it as one of the individuals with a health concern is a neighbor. Personally, all they would have to do is ask me not to burn and I wouldn't. But there is another neighbor who likes to burn from 7 am till after dark, up to 16 hrs straight at times, and its suffocating. Fortunately, that property is included in the 400 ft "ban" area, which will benefit everyone's health.

If I have a fire I'd like to hold in a burn pit, I will discuss/coordinate it with my neighbor to make sure there is no negative effect. Having one inconsiderate neighbor, I can understand the other's dilemma. I think its a sad commentary on society that some folks are more concerned with themselves than they are about being a good neighbor.

Having said that, I've lived in communities where there was a complete ban on backyard fires and leaf burning. I wish that was the case here. Its much healthier when you don't have to hold your breath or gag while out walking.

Tammie Heazlit
February 24, 2013

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    Tammies Heazlits Neighbor
    March 06, 2013 | 10:44 AM

    Do yourself and your neighbors a favor and report the neighbor that is burning from "7am til after dark, up to 16 hours straight." Your neighbor is clearly violating township burn policies.
    FYI - March 8 thru November 1st (Summer hours)are from 8am to 8pm (12 hours). Winter hours (Nov. 2 thru March 7) are from 8am to 6pm (10 hours). Burning is allowed only on designated days.
    As for the 400' ft. policy...I can foresee big problems enforcing a policy that takes away ones burning privileges based solely upon who lives next door.
    I've followed the opening burning policy for 28 years. I certainly would respect a neighbors illness and coordinate my burning accordingly.
    That being said, I think the 400' rule is a bad policy that pits neighbor against neighbor and won't accomplish a thing. We both know that it's foolish to beleive that a 400' ft. rule is going to stop the wind from carrying smoke to someones house.
    The proper solution should have been a designated ONE Saturday per month, 8am-6pm 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
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