2010 April 14: MI Gaylord: City bans wood-burning furnaces, with 1 exception

2010 April 14: MI Gaylord: City bans wood-burning furnaces, with 1 exception

By Chris Engle, HT Staff Writer
Tuesday, April 13, 2010 3:19 PM EDT GAYLORD — Outdoor wood-burning furnaces are banned from the city limits under a new ordinance passed Monday, with the exception of the city’s industrial areas. Permits for such burners will be reviewed and issued by City Council on a case-by-case basis.

All the city’s burning and wood-storage regulations are now under the comprehensive Outdoor and Open Burning Ordinance. The ordinance allows charcoal, wood and gas cooking grills and barbecues; chimineas and patio wood-burning units; and gas-fired devices for heating. The ordinance prohibits the burning of treated wood, construction or demolition waste, yard debris or refuse; burning barrels, fire rings and in-ground firepits; and outdoor wood-fired boilers.

Boilers, however, could appear in the Air Industrial Park and Gaylord Industrial Park, as well as M-1 areas between Dickerson Road and I-75, but would be permitted only on a case-by-case basis by the council.

“There’s a possibility that in some of those industrial areas there may be a need for a business to supplement their fuel source,” said City Manager Joe Duff. “The lots are larger and more secluded.”

City Council sought to ban outdoor boilers in residential and commercial areas because of the nuisance the heavy smoke can pose to neighbors.

Additionally, the ordinance states firewood must be kept 15 feet away from property lines and 25 feet away from the nearest structure on neighboring property. Minimum fines range from $75 to $500 for the first to fourth offense, respectively, with a maximum fine no higher than $500. The fines are in accordance with state statute.

The ordinance will take effect within 30 days, according to Duff.

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

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