The town of Lenox held a public hearing May 11 regarding amendments to its open burning laws. At the hearing, Lewis Point Road resident Mel Waldron said he had a lot of problems with neighbors open burning. Supervisor Rocco DiVeronica said the amendments address those problems.
Open burning includes burning in barrels. Attended campfires will be allowed, however all campfires shall be no larger than three feet in height, length and width or diameter. Materials that cannot be burned include garbage, rubber goods, paper goods, plastics, vegetation, construction materials or any material that would pollute the air.
Open fires do not include a stove, furnace or incinerator designed and constructed for the purpose of burning materials. This is to prevent the spread of fire or the release of particles into the atmosphere.
The law does not pertain to outdoor grills, fireplaces and barbecue pits used for cooking. Non-combustible items only.
There are fire training exclusions, which must be performed under guidelines of the state Department of State's Office of Fire Prevention and Control.
Ceremonial exclusions, emergency burn and agricultural exclusions also apply and whenever outdoor burning is conducted for agricultural, ceremonial, emergency burns or fire training, local fire and code enforcement officials must be notified.
The code enforcement officer and law enforcement officers are authorized to enforce any laws regulating burning in the town of Lenox and can issue appearance tickets. Violations carry a fine of no less than $50 or more than $250 or jail time of no more than 15 days. Each violation is a separate offense.
The law will take effect immediately upon filing the Secretary of State.
For more information on the local law amendments, visit the town offices at 205 S. Peterboro St.