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City of New London to update burning ban

Oct 05, 2017

By Karyn Spory, Mt. Pleasant News


NEW LONDON — New London’s burning restrictions are likely to change in the future as city council members discussed the issue Tuesday night.

Currently, city ordinances allows the burning of landscape waste, disaster rubbish, flare stacks and some wood products. Recreational fires and training fires are also allowed. However, after complaints of a resident burning construction materials, including wooden pallets, city council members would like to tighten and simplify the code. City attorney Steven Ort suggested updating the ordinance by stating only the burning that is allowed within city limits. The council agreed. No official changes were made to the code, as it was only a discussion item, but council members indicated they would be in favor of allowing recreational and training fires. The ordinance, when written, also will allow residents to apply for a variance if they have a specific reason to burn something not listed.

Council members also approved a host of new ordinances Tuesday night, including restricting parking on South Ash St., on the west side from McKinley to Adams St. Other ordinances approved include adding a school stop sign at the intersection of Wilson and Division streets and changing the definition of “responsible adult” to a parent or guardian. The second and third reading of each ordinance was waved.

The council members also approved the first reading of its new fireworks ordinance. The ordinance prohibits the use of fireworks unless they are sparklers, toy snakes (that do not contain mercury) or caps used in cap pistols. The city, however, may grant permits for the display of fireworks following receiving a written application. In order to approve the application, the fireworks display must be handled by a certified or licensed operator and the sponsoring organization must have evidence of insurance for at least $250,000 per person for personal injury, $50,000 for property damage and $1 million for total exposure.

Trick-or-treating in New London will be on Tuesday, Oct. 31, from 5-7 p.m.

The next meeting of the New London City Council will be Monday, Nov. 6, at 6 p.m., due to the general election the following day.

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