2010 March 6: NY Perth (Fulton County): Town proposes 3-month ban on outdoor wood boilers
By JOEL DiTATA, The Leader-Herald
PERTH – A possible local law that would restrict the use of outdoor wood-burning boilers in the town was adjusted to include a three-month banning period from Memorial Day to Labor Day.
Since the board made changes to the potential law, it will have to be revised by Town Attorney Carmel Greco, officials said. After the review, the Town Board will have to schedule another public hearing, which is potentially set for May.
In a majority vote, Supervisor Greg Fagan and council members Timothy Korona and Walter Kowalczyk voted in favor of the three-month ban.
"People are out in their yards and the kids are home-I don’t think it would be too much to ask," Kowalczyk said of the ban.
Council members Gay Lewandowski and Peter Betz said they agreed with a ban, but pleaded for a time period from May 15 to Sept. 15.
"It needs to be longer than June, July and August," Lewandowski said. "I don’t think it should be passed without it."
Although Lewandowski and Betz were not able to amass the majority to their side, the board did unanimously agree to add a waiver process so owners without close neighbors can still use their boilers year-round.
Fagan said 500 feet would likely be the required distance between neighbors to qualify for a waiver.
Roger and Nancy Tyler, who have been openly opposed to the wood boilers, voiced their displeasure Thursday night as well.
"I would still like a ban on any incoming or new ones," Roger Tyler said.
Nancy, his wife, said although the summer ban would be an improvement, it still doesn’t solve their problems.
"We’ve done our part to board our house during the winter," Nancy Tyler said. "But this is a medical issue for us; it doesn’t solve anything in the winter."
Greco will add both the three-month ban and the waiver process to the possible law.
"I’m trying to make everyone happy," Kowalczyk said. "But I guess I’m not going to be able to do that."
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