2017-10-12 / News

Township could ban leaf burning

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GAINES TOWNSHIP – Township officials are considering an ordinance prohibiting open burning of leaves and other foliage.

A brief discussion of the potential regulation occurred at the Wednesday, Oct. 4, board of trustees meeting, after a resident discussed health concerns during public comment.

Trustees Lee Purdy and Matt Moros indicated they favor a ban on burning.

“It’s obnoxious,” Trustee Lee Purdy said.

He added that there is no reason to burn leaves because the township’s waste removal contractor collects yard waste at the street.

Purdy also is concerned because he said people sometimes burn poison ivy, which poses an extreme threat to any- one who inhales the smoke.

Moros said smoke from smoldering leaves contains carcinogens and other toxins.

“That day and age (of burning leaves) is gone,” he said.

State law enacted in 1995 prohibits leaf burning in municipalities of 7,500 residents or more. According to the 2010 census, Gaines Township has about 7,000 residents.

Township residents must obtain a burn permit from the fire department before burning any material.

Residents may call 911 if smoke from burning yard waste is causing respiratory problems, township offi-

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