Washington leaders propose a change to open burning ordinance

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City leaders in Washington are looking to change a more than 30-year-old ordinance.

Monday night, council members discussed a plan that would only allow the burning of waste between the months of October and May during the day.

Leaders say they’ve received dozens of complaints about irresponsible burning and excessive smoke.

Washington leaders say, shifting the months and times would lessen issues during summer and outdoor activity months. Fires larger than the recreational size, would require a city permit.

Some residents however, aren’t happy about the change.

“Where am I gonna put stuff that needs to be burned during the summer,” questioned Ted Coffey.

Monday night was just a first reading. In a conversation after the council meeting, Washington Mayor Gary Manier tells WMBD he believes the proposed change will pass when it’s up for a vote.

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