2011 Sept 7: OH Lakewood: COMMENTS on (Possible Ban after 9 month moratorium ends) Residents Fired Up About Wood-Burning Furnaces
Fears over air pollution — along with health concerns — fueled a nine-month moratorium on the approval of the outdoor furnaces, which is set to expire in November. Council is now considering a more permanent solution. The original ordinance came …
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Residents Fired Up About Wood-Burning Furnaces
With a moratorium set to expire in November, Lakewood City Council examines its options.
nearly a dozen Lakewood residents Tuesday night.
In meeting, Lakewood City Council is considering a measure that would ban — or regulate — boilers in the city.
Fears over air pollution — along with health concerns — fueled a nine-month moratorium on the approval of the outdoor furnaces, which is set to expire in November.
considering a more permanent solution.
The original ordinance came before council in January after neighbors of three Lakewood homes — on Merl Avenue, Manor Park Avenue and Waterbury Road — filed complaints.
a number of police reports filed.
The homes with wood-burning furnaces — traditionally used in rural settings — will be allowed to keep them while council sorts out the issue.
council weighed issues such as air quality, distance that the smoke travels, what can be burned — and when.
Questions remain whether council can ban the existing furnaces, which were a grandfathered exception during the moratorium.
Another option is regulating the existing boilers.
“Nothing is off the table yet,” said Ward 3 councilman Shawn Juris, who introduced the original moratorium earlier this year. “We are going to make some changes to the existing regulations, and also build a draft with a ban.”
None of the homeowners with the controversial furnaces attended.
But their neighbors did. Many of them are the same residents who attended the meetings earlier this year.
Paula Reed, who lives next door to one of the homes with the controversial furnace on Manor Park Avenue, said health is her primary concern.
“From the research we’ve done, there is no amount of wood smoke that you can breathe without putting people at risk,” she said at the committee meeting before the regular council meeting Tuesday night. “It’s our health, it’s our safety, it’s our property values.”
“We are way too dense of a community to have this happening.”
Eric Lowery, who lives near one of the furnaces on Waterbury Road, argued for an outright ban on the existing furnaces.
“I don’t think we should be made to suffer in the hopes that the messiah of wood burning will show up,” he said.
Council is expected to continue the discussion next week at city council’s public safety meeting.
“We’re hoping we can get this wrapped up so we can get this going,” Juris said. “There is a place where things are used a lot, and a place where things maybe just don’t fit — I think this would certainly be one that doesn’t necessarily fit.”
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Quotes from OWB/OWF Manufacturers:
“Improper use or failure to maintain the outdoor wood boiler may cause nuisance conditions. Persons operating this outdoor wood boiler are responsible for operation of the outdoor wood boiler so as not to cause nuisance conditions. Even proper use and maintenance of the outdoor wood boiler, and meeting the distance and stack height recommendations and requirements in State and local regulations may not always be adequate to prevent nuisance conditions in some areas due to terrain or other factors.”
“Breathing wood smoke has been shown to be hazardous to people’s health. This is not only true for the person who tends the fire, but for the people and neighbors that surround it. This is also true for campfires, but most people do not keep their campfire going 7 days a week.”
“Never buy an outdoor wood furnace if you live in town.”
“There is not a manufacturer that makes a furnace that never smokes.”
“All wood stoves will smoke at any time and could cause you problems with your neighbors.”
“If you have a neighbor within 500 feet of your wood stove, be sure to add enough to your chimney to get above the roofline of their home.”
Even the manufacturers know their product is hazardous!!!
Is there a crossover air quality problem with wood burning fireplaces and outdoor fire pits?