Thomasboro continues to ponder burn ordinance

THOMASBORO — Updating the Thomasboro burn ordinance has been delayed to the Nov. 6 village board meeting after trustees said they had not had enough time to examine recommendations.

Fire Chief Paul Cundiff told the board the ordinance must spell out who is responsible for a fire. After a recent out-of-control fire, he was told that the property owner had granted someone else permission to burn.

“When I gave that (information) to law enforcement, they didn’t know who to go after,” Cundiff said.
Ronnie Kocher owns a property in Thomasboro that she would like to sell, but is hesitant due to large fires set regularly on a nearby property. She fears for the safety of the buyers and other residents.

“I have found flaming embers on the shed roof. Last time the ashes were just like snow on the vehicles. They’re burning cabinets and trees,” she said.

The existing ordinance stipulates that only landscape wastes may be burned.    

Some of the other recommendations Cundiff has suggested include more-specific definitions of terms used in the ordinance, having a fire suppressant such as a garden hose available during a burn, and requiring that a fire be supervised by an individual at least 18 years old.

Discussion of an ordinance regarding dangerous animals will also resume at the November meeting. Mayor Tyler Evans said a village employee was bitten by a dog.

Resident Kristi Pflugmacher said dogs have been running loose in her back yard. When the police were called, she was told that as long as the dogs were in the back yard, “we’re not really concerned about it.”

“It comes down to enforcing our ordinances,” trustee Kyle Henegar said. “That’s what it comes down to.”

Committee reports
In the streets and alleys committee report, trustee Tony Grilo said Public Works Superintendent Tyler Martin has done “about everything that can be done” to get the company responsible to come out and make repairs to the intersection of Commercial and Main.

Trustee Dustin Rhodes said in the civil defense/parks committee report, Thomasboro Grade School is removing its baseball diamond and donating to the village a drag for the field and aluminum bleachers.

Upcoming dates

A special meeting has been called for 6 p.m., Monday, Oct. 23, to interview candidates for police chief.

Trick-or-treat hours have been set for 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 31.

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