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Ordinance smoldering in Manlius

MANLIUS — Manlius' future ordinance geared to better regulate outdoor wood stove burners is in the drafting stages.

On Tuesday, the village board oversaw the ordinance drafted by village attorney Mick Henneberry. With the help from village engineer Jack Kusek, the two are basing the ordinance around the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency air standards.

"It's a good start. We're not finished," Henneberry reported.

The village agreed to create an ordinance on the issue after a resident approached the board earlier this year with a concern about his neighbor's homemade, outdoor wood stove burner, which apparently produces a large quantity of thick, blue smoke.

Mayor Rob Hewitt has inspected the neighbor's furnace and called it a hazard.

"It's a joke. It's homemade," he said on Tuesday.

Aside from outdoor wood stove burners having to follow EPA air standards, they will also have to be installed and maintained according to the manufacturer's instructions.If outdoor wood stove burners do not follow the ordinance, a resident will be subject to a $500 per day violation.

Henneberry pointed out the ordinance will have to be enforced by citizens' complaints because the village does not have furnace inspects or a police agency.

"This is going to have to be a self-policing issue," he said.

Kusek also suggested incorporating a reference to the village's current nuisance ordinance in the final draft.

Not want to keep the issue lingering with the colder months moving in, the board agreed to reconvene at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 16 to approve the final draft ordinance.

In other business, the board:

• Set trick-or-treat hours from 5 to 7 p.m. Oct. 31.

• Agreed to spend $2,000 on Christmas decorations for the downtown area.

• Board member Joe Hunt reported the new Manlius website should be up and running within the next week.

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