2010 March 27: MI Gaylord (Otsego County): Council looks to ban wood-fired boilers inside city limits

2010 March 27: MI Gaylord (Otsego County): Council looks to ban wood-fired boilers inside city limits

 

By Chris Engle
Staff Writer
Friday, March 26, 2010 1:09 PM EDT
 
GAYLORD — The city is writing a comprehensive outdoor burning ordinance which will ban outdoor wood-fired boilers from within its limits.

The ordinance “will bring together burning regulations under one ordinance,” according to City Manager Joe Duff, and will also regulate how wood is stored. (See related story for a listing of what is allowed and what is banned.)

Under Section 8 of the city’s “Outdoor and Open Burning Ordinance,” no one may “install, use or maintain an outdoor wood-fired boiler in the City of Gaylord.”

The city already bans ground fires, fires in burn barrels and the burning of yard debris or construction materials, but permits fires in portable patio wood-burning units.

Otsego County does not currently have an ordinance regulating outdoor wood-fired boilers.

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Wood-fired boilers are approximately the size of an outhouse and are usually located more than 30 feet away from a building.

The units send hot water to buildings through underground plumbing, which then heats through existing in-floor, baseboard or forced air systems.

The problem, the city believes, is the amount of smoke wood-burning boilers produce.

“Lots just aren’t big enough to allow burning to take place without impacting other residents,” Duff said. “The ordinance is written with the residents in mind. If there’s a complaint on any type of burning it gives us the opportunity to act on the complaint.”

Most city burning regulations are currently under the “Nuisance Ordinance.”

The next reading of the ordinance will be April 12, 7 p.m. at the City Council chambers.

Contact Chris Engle at 732-1111 or cengle@gaylordheraldtimes.com

What is allowed, prohibited under the city’s draft “Outdoor and Open Burning Ordinance”

Allowed:

• charcoal, wood and gas cooking grills and barbecues

• chimineas (outdoor fireplaces with chimney) and patio wood-burning units (metal saucers with screened lids) which are only used to burn non-treated wood, must be 15 feet from property lines and 25 feet from the nearest structure on adjacent property

• gas-fired devices for heating, construction or maintenance

Prohibited:

• burning of treated wood, construction or demolition waste, yard debris, refuse

• burning barrels, fire rings, in-ground firepits

• outdoor wood-fired boilers

Outdooor storage of wood:

• must be secured against rolling or falling, and may not be stacked higher than 5 feet

• must be located in the side or rear area of property, not in front yard or in front of home or garage

• cannot be placed within 10 feet of the shoulder of an alley, or placed in an area where it interferes with the clear vision from a street or alley

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