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Views vary at OWB public hearing

"I understand they've got to do something to keep there from being more," said Aubin, "but I'm for what I've got to keep."

Town councilman Mike McGinn also stated his opposition to removing existing furnaces.

"These people worked hard for that money," said McGinn. "They made an investment and they should be able to keep it."

McGinn instead proposed a policy where boilers would be removed if they repeatedly violated burning regulations or received complaints from neighboring residents.

Elizabethtown Supervisor Noel Merrihew said it was the proposal regarding pre-existing boilers that the board was most struggling with.

"I think it's important for the public to understand that all wood boilers were installed under the regulations that existed at the time," said Merrihew.

No decision was made at the public hearing. Merrihew said the board would address the issue at its next board meeting on Feb. 17.

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