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B'ville Boards - Fire District Approved

Lysander officials approved an $86,429 contract with Enterprise Fire Company Number 1 for fire protection services in the West Phoenix fire protection district.

This is a 3.5 percent increase over last year's contract. Residents within the district will pay a rate of .9022 cents per $1,000 for coverage.

Wood boilers approved

Van Buren recently passed legislation regarding outdoor boilers.

Individuals wishing to install an outdoor boiler must obtain a permit from the Van Buren Codes officer. The intent is to allow homeowners with the right area and fuel supplies to install and operate an outdoor boiler in a safe and effective manner. All residents with outdoor boilers are required to burn clean wood or fuel in their boilers and to follow manufacturer's guidelines when installing. Individuals with existing outdoor boilers are not affected by the legislation, however, if residents want to install a new boiler, they are also required to acquire a permit from the town.

Officials originally focused on outdoor wood boilers, but expanded the legislation to include corn and other bio-degradable fuels.

"We wanted to allow an option, a variety," said Howard Tupper, Van Buren councilor.

Officials decided to address the issue because the state was going to pass a law requiring more stringent guidelines.

Group home sought

Plans for a group home are underway for the former picnic area in Harbor Heights.

The former property owner had a granddaughter with a severe disability. After he passed away, his five children decided to pursue putting a group home at the site, which will house disabled children and the people who care from them. The Van Buren board held a preliminary hearing to get water to the site. Officials said other public hearings will follow.

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