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Summer is here

— The warm weather is here, and as I drive around town I notice that many people are out and about doing yard work and keeping their lawns looking neat and tidy. Thank you, Salina residents, for showing pride in your homes and keeping Salina looking beautiful.

Unfortunately, there are a number of properties that don’t look as nice. As stated in Salina’s property maintenance code, if a property owner’s lawn is found to be too long, a notice will be sent to that property owner to remedy the issue within a specified period of time, usually 10 days. If this issue is not taken care of within the allotted timeframe then the town of Salina, with the use of an approved contractor, will go in and cut the lawn, with the cost being placed on the taxes of the property owner who is in violation. If you notice a property in your neighborhood that has property maintenance issues, please don’t hesitate to contact the supervisor’s office to report them.

As the weather continues to get nicer (hopefully), and our residents want to spend more time outside, fire pits may seem to be a popular way to enjoy the outdoors. In the town of Salina, they are not allowed. Although you can find a variety of fire pits at local home improvement stores, what homeowners may not realize is lighting up the backyard fires is illegal in the town of Salina, and several other communities in the county. The town of Salina fire code works in conjunction with the New York State Fire Code, and in some cases, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation.

The use of charcoal and gas grills is allowed, although they create some smoke, it is not considered a health hazard to adjoining property. There are several dangers to open fires; the biggest concern is the health hazard it causes because of the close proximity of the homes and property lines. This time of the year most residents have their windows open. The smoke from fire pits is heavy, and will linger and draw into the homes causing respiratory problems to the elderly. The other concern is that embers can burn off and float to nearby roofs or brush and start a fire, as well as fires being burned too close to combustibles.

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