Chesterfield to consider regulating outside furnaces

We have had multiple complaints about these outside wood furnaces causes smoke to people's homes, said Chesterfield Supervisor Gerald Morrow. There will be a public hearing on Tuesday, April 3 before the regular board meeting at 6:30 p.m. on the topic. The board will consider putting a six month moratorium on installation of new wood burning furnaces. Were not asking to ban things, but were asking to have some specifications and regulations for our code enforcement to go by, said Morrow. Currently New York State has no regulations, with the exception of the smoke pollution guidelines of the state Department of Environmental Conservation. Previously installed furnaces would be grandfathered in. Regulations on the outside furnaces will be addressed along with several other issues in Chesterfields zoning law. Morrow said the town board hadnt updated its zoning law since 1997 and some wordage needed to be adjusted. At the meeting, the board will also consider issues of burn barrels. At another recent meeting, the town board of Chesterfield voted to waive a state requirement for all planning board and zoning board of appeals (ZBA) members to have training. The state allows the municipalities to opt out of the new regulations, which require training for the board members. All our people will be trained, it'll just be our decision, not the states, said Morrow, pointing out that all ZBA members had recently attended a training.

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