2010 Jan. 21: MN Stillwater: Nuisance of Outdoor Wood Boilers (OWBs) discussed, to be taken up at later meeting

2010 Jan. 21: MN Stillwater: Nuisance of Outdoor Wood Boilers (OWBs) discussed, to be taken up at later meeting

(also discussed Taking out the trash: Council weighs options for screening dumpsters)

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A grouping of dumpsters used by businesses along South Water Street. Stillwater City Council members are looking to address how to deal with them, as they've received many complaints about how they affect the appearance of the downtown. (Gazette photo by Peter Cox)<br />
A grouping of dumpsters used by businesses along South Water Street. Stillwater City Council members are looking to address how to deal with them, as they’ve received many complaints about how they affect the appearance of the downtown. (Gazette photo by Peter Cox)

By Peter Cox – Stillwater Gazette

Published: Thursday, January 21, 2010 2:30 PM CST

Tuesday night, the City Council heard several options for how to deal with the issue

In other action, the council…

� discussed how to address the issue of outdoor wood burners and boilers.

The council was given a list of how other cities have dealt with the issue, which has mostly been addressed through either nuisance ordinances or zoning changes.

Turnblad told the council that nuisance ordinances are the best way to prohibit them outright, and zoning changes are the best way to regulate them.

One area residence brought the issue to the forefront, and the homeowner went through all the proper channels with the city in order to use it.

Councilman Gag said he’d like to prohibit the burners/boilers, but he didn’t want to punish someone who had taken the proper precautions and invested money

The council asked city staff to bring back some options on language for a nuisance ordinance amendment.

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