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Rec fire rules

By Staff | Jul 8, 2008

After a lengthy and sometimes heated discussion with visitors which was stymied by the rapping of the gavel, members of the Estherville Council Monday were able to draft wording for the revised recreational fire regulations in section 340-105(4) of city code.

“We need a place to start,” said city Administrator Steve Woodley. “We then can fine-tune as much as we need to, to be comfortable.”

He noted that the matter of interpretation can sometime create a whole new host of problems.

Topics of discussion included:

n Defined area.

n Diameter restriction.

n Smoke.

n Attended fires vs. unattended fires.

n Consideration for neighbors.

n What makes a good a neighbor.

n A $200 fine for non-compliant fire.

The council was able to rework the proposed draft to appease the majority and will most likely read as follows: “Recreational fires. Open fires for cooking, heating, recreation and ceremonies. All such fires must use only untreated, unprocessed wood; charcoal; propane or natural gas as fuel. All such fires shall be within a non-combustible barrier or fire ring designed for the purpose of containing a recreational fire not to exceed 36 inches in diameter, and be no closer than 10 feet from any (neighboring) building.”

The wording will stipulate a $200 fine for non-compliance.

City Attorney David Forsyth will draft a proposed ordinance which will be presented at the next city council meeting on Monday, July 21.

In other matters, the council:

n Held a public hearing prior to taking action on the proposed sale of excess city property in a vacated alley in block 1, Loughs 2nd Addition and Auditor’s Plat 11-73. The resolution approving the sale of real estate was approved.

n Held a public hearing on a proposed change to Article 10, Section 4 and Article 17, Section 5 of the zoning code as recommended by the planning and zoning committee. The council passed the first reading, waived the remaining readings and adopted the measure.

n Approved sign permit applications for Dan & Melvin Breyfogle (Brey’s Radio) at 18 N. Seventh St.; ECHO Plus for property located at 12 South Sixth St.; and Katrina Thiel (The Shear Shack) at 1745 Central Ave.

n Granted a request by Iowa Lakes Regional Water to provide water service to residents at 1855 400th Ave.

n Rescinded the water and wastewater load allocation commitment and assigned the wastewater load allocation to Iowa Protein Solutions, 1842 Highway 4 South.

n Set a public hearing for Monday, July 21 for proposed plans and specifications, form of contract and estimated cost for the 2008 Street Resurfacing Project.

n Approved a renewal application for a Class C Beer Permit, Sunday Sales Privilege and Carryout Wine for Krause Gentle Corporation dba Kum & Go, No. 444 at 103 Central Ave.

n Received and accepted the resignation submitted by Third Ward Councilman Richard Sidles, effective July 11, 2008. He has moved out of the ward and can no longer fulfill the duties.