2011 Sept. 9: MI Clare City (Clare County): City prohibits wood boilers
Clare County Review
According to the State, outdoor wood fired boilers are the leading cause and the largest numbers of citizen’s complaints. It’s not just smoke, its rodents, large wood storage and noise.” Johns said, “I don’t see the problem with wood. …
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The City Commission was considering the adoption of an ordinance change which prohibits outdoor wood-fired boilers in all zoning districts of the City except industrial districts.
City Manager Ken Hibl responded to Johns’ concern saying, “The City of Clare is a home rule city and has the right to make ordinances.” “Public Safety.”“We are not the only municipality who prohibits that.” He said the Fire Marshal/ Building Inspector and Fire Chief had both recommended that the City amend its current burning ordinance to prohibit the boilers.
Fire Chief James Chapman said the concerns were blight and smoke. “This is not something we brought to you with ease. According to the State, outdoor wood fired boilers are the leading cause and the largest numbers of citizen’s complaints. It’s not just smoke, its rodents, large wood storage and noise.”
Commissioner John Koch said, “The small lots in town are not designed for wood boilers. This is just a health and safety hazard.”
Commissioner Tom Koch said he thought the issue could be resolved with regulation on the use of boilers rather than prohibiting them.
John Koch disagreed. “I think this is one of the best ordinance [changes] to come before the Commission,” he said.
Following the lengthy discussion, The City Commission voted 4-1, with Tom Koch voting no, to adopt the ordinance change prohibiting the boilers except in industrial districts.