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June 7, 2013

Requests to extend burning times denied

CLINTON — Two proposals to extend open burning were denied Thursday.

The Rules and Regulations committee on Thursday did not move forward requests made by the Bickelhaupt Arboretum and RAIL.ONE and the Clinton Business and Technology Park to alter the burn ordinance.

The arboretum asked city officials to extend the spring and fall burn times an extra two weeks to Oct. 1 to Dec. 1 and April 1 to June 1. According to an email from Bickelhaupt Arboretum Program Director Margo Hansen, the extra dates would assist in disposing of the excess plant material.

Open burning is allowed from April 1 to May 15 in the spring and from Oct. 1 through Nov. 15 in the fall.

Clinton Fire Chief Mike Brown said the burn ordinance has gone over well since being redone in 2010.

“After the first 1 1/2 years of answering questions, the community has embraced it,” Brown said.

The request from RAIL.ONE, new tenants in the railport, and the Clinton Business and Technology Park, proposed an alteration to the ordinance because of tree clearing at the railport and technology park.

Tree clearing has taken place at both locations and with no burning allowed, trees must be chipped as part of disposal.

Ward 4 Councilman Paul Gassman said it may be a good idea to consider exceptions when looking at economic development.

But at this time, the committee decided to keep the burn ordinance intact, and is not allowing exceptions.

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