Blawnox proposes rules for open fires
By Tom McGee
Published: Monday, July 1, 2013, 5:48 p.m.
A proposal to create rules and regulate small open fires in Blawnox was tabled last week but could come up again in the next two months.
The ordinance would have specified locations for small open fires — including barbecues, fireplaces and similar devices. It also regulates size, materials and containers.
The proposed rule states that chemically-treated woods, plastics, cardboard boxes, paper, household waste, toxic materials, cloth, leaves, green yard waste or any other materials that cause excessive smoke cannot be used for a fire.
However, the restrictions didn't sit well with Councilwoman Carol Uminski.
“I know that every time that I have a recreational fire, I'm going to be in violation,” Uminski said.
Those sections state that grills, barbecues and any other fireplaces used for cooking must be eight feet from a house, structure, road, utility or property line and any other fire must be 15 feet from those locations. It also states that combustible material and flame cannot be greater than three feet in diameter or higher than two feet.
Borough manager Sherry Kordas said the ordinance could be a problem with people with smaller yards.
Mayor Anthony Gross said he would like more feedback from the borough fire chief before a decision is made.
Solicitor Jack Cambest said the borough has up to 60 days to vote on the ordinance since it already has been advertised.
Tom McGee is an associate editor for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-856-7400, ext. 1513 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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