2/11/2013 12:43:00 PM Council to consider changes to Windom's burning ordinance
It appears the Windom Country Club's recent request for a burning permit has unearthed a problem with Windom's 28-year-old burning ordinance.
It now appears the council will begin the process of updating the ordinance to help meet requests such as this, along with other modern burning needs.
Jay Grandprey, a board member with the WCC, asked the council for approval to burn a pile of tree limbs that has been growing for the past two years. Grandprey, who also serves on the Windom Fire Department, said he feels the burn needs to occur as soon as possible - while there is still snow on the ground.
The pile is located near the Des Moines River valley and Grandprey is concerned that if the burn were to occur in the spring or fall it could spread to nearby dead weeds and branches. As it is, Grandprey said, the nearest home is a quarter-mile away and a winter burn would be safe.
However, City Administrator Steve Nasby said the city has an ordinance regarding fires within the city limits. He added that City Attorney Ron Schramel reported that the ordinance, as it stands, would not allow the fire that Grandprey described.
The council expects to consider an amended ordinance at its Feb. 19 regular meeting. If the ordinance is approved, it would require one more reading at the March 5 regular meeting before it could take effect.
Check the Feb. 13 Cottonwood County Citizen and Citizen eEdition for more on this story.