Council discusses burning issue

— The burning has sent smoldering leaves into residents’ yards, ash has stuck to cars, and has irritated residents who suffer from respiratory issues, stated Glushko.

“We can’t regulate agriculture, and we certainly don’t want to discourage agriculture, we just hope there can be a solution,” said Glushko.

DEC regional air pollution control engineer Jim Coutant said the burning of tree stumps is a “gray area” of the exemption.

“We don’t want things smoldering for days and we prefer not to have people burn stumps because it is unlikely to completely burn within 24 hours due to the amount of moisture stumps hold,” said Coutant.

Because of the agricultural exemption, the town is not permitted to take any action against cases such as this. Coutant said the best way to handle open burning complaints is to contact the DEC dispatch line at 897-1326.

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