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Backyard Fires on Ferndale City Council's Agenda Tonight

Council will vote on a proposed open burning ordinance amendment that would allow fire pits with a permit and restrictions.

Ferndale City Council will consider a proposed ordinance amendment on Monday that would allow residents to have backyard fires as long as they follow certain guidelines.

The city of Ferndale currently has a ban on all open burning, including fire pits.

The issue was discussed briefly at council's last meeting on Sept. 24 when a resident asked about a possible change to the ordinance during public comment. Ferndale Mayor Dave Coulter said an ordinance change was already in the works that would allow fire pits with some regulations and restrictions.

"It won't be the outright ban that we have now," Coulter said at the meeting. "The ordinance itself is being reviewed as we speak."

That proposed ordinance amendment is on the agenda for tonight's council meeting, which will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Monday at Ferndale City Hall.

The proposed ordinance

"People are and have been burning regardless of the current law, so let’s make it legal and safe by permit under an ordinance that allows for regulation and enforcement," the background summary to the amendment proposal reads in part. "The Fire Department with the City Attorney believes we have accomplished that with this ordinance amendment."

Under the proposed ordinance amendment, residents must get an annual building permit (proposed fee at $25) for any patio wood-burning unit or campfire.

The ordinance would prohibit the burning of trash, brush, leaves and grass clippings; only clean wood could be used. It states that backyard fires "shall not cause a nuisance to neighbors" and can only be between the hours of 11 a.m. and 1 a.m. You can read the full proposed ordinance here.

What do you think?

Patch readers recently shared their views here on whether backyard fires should be allowed in the city.

What do you think of the proposed ordinance? Do you hope it passes? Tell us in the comments section below.

Robert Zograph October 08, 2012 at 10:03 PM
Wow, way to be a cranky old man about it!
Betsy Rose October 09, 2012 at 05:09 AM
"People are and have been burning regardless of the current law" Its obvious this new policy/law will not be enforced, not enough staff to do the enforcement. "The ordinance would prohibit the burning of trash, brush, leaves and grass clippings; only clean wood could be used. It states that backyard fires "shall not cause a nuisance to neighbors" and can only be between the hours of 11 a.m. and 1 a.m." Once again not enough staff to check all those fire pits. You'll be sorry and Ferndale will stink, friction between neighbors and lung disease. Does anyone really believe that people will only burn "clean wood?" If this wasn't so poisionous and just a really bad idea it would be funny.
Betsy Rose October 09, 2012 at 05:17 AM
If its the law and your neighbor sees no problem or couldn't care less about your distress I hope you have the money and the time to take them to court. This burning is a very bad idea. It smells real bad especially in the fresh spring air and summer. You'll be sorry believe me I know.
A Scott Dietlin October 18, 2012 at 07:22 PM
Of course it would take one vote "no" from Scott Galloway with regard to this issue. I think it's time that we ou'st this councilman from our elective officials as all he seems to think of himself and his agenda only. You need to keep the "legal" side of our voting out of the cause and think of the majority instead.
Betsy Rose October 19, 2012 at 06:28 AM
Being forced to breathe smoke filled air is not progress. That is a fact.

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