Highlighting a recent meeting of the Lynch City Council were the first readings of a Burn Ban Ordinance and a Fireworks Ordinance.
Lynch City Clerk Erica Eldridge read the Burn Ban Ordinance, which prohibits uncontrolled and unrestricted outdoor burning in the city.
Eldridge said the ordinance is “to prevent needless damage to life and property because of public and private nuisances caused by outdoor fires deliberately or carelessly set and maintained.”
Some of the items contained in this ordinance include no fire will be allowed to burn unattended without a responsible adult being present at all times and without readily available fire extinguishing apparatus, such as rakes, shovels, fire extinguishers and readily available on site water. No fire will be permitted to burn whenever drought, high winds or extreme weather conditions exist or when a ban on burning has been placed in affect by the state or other governmental bodies.
Outdoor fires will be confined in a on-combustible container, covered with a wire screen of one-half or smaller mesh, except for fires of leaves, brush and/or natural untreated wood which need not be confined to or covered by a non-combustible container. However, an area of 50 feet from an existing structure must be cleared around the burn site of any fire which is not confined to a container.
It is unlawful to burn construction debris, pressure treated wood, plastics, byproducts of manufacturing and processing. No garbage is to be burned at any time.
Anyone violating this ordinance may be imposed to a fine of not less than $200 nor more than $1,000.
Some of the items contained in the Fireworks Ordinance include fireworks will not be used, ignited or discharged within the city limits except during the hours of 5 p.m. to midnight on July 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 and between the hours of 5 p.m. and 1 a.m. on Dec. 31 and Jan. 1. Consumer fireworks may only be used in the parking lot of the old U.S. Steel Train Depot or West Main Park in the city limits.
Violation of this ordinance could constitute a fine of no less than $100 nor more than $2,500.
A second reading of these ordinances will be held at the next regular scheduled meeting of the council on Sept. 9.
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