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Will burning be restricted in Tiskilwa?

Acker to research issue

TISKILWA — Should the village of Tiskilwa residents be restricted in when they can burn?

Trustee Dan Acker said at Tuesday night’s Tiskilwa Village Board meeting he realizes burning is a necessary evil in town, but he felt smoke was overwhelming at times — even during spring.

He said there are multiple days of the week when it is overwhelming to him, but he wanted to get feedback from other trustees to see if this is an issue he should pursue.

Mayor Randy Philhower said the village ordinance prohibits burning before sunrise and after sunset, plus only yard waste can be burned. He said the issue of enforcement of any burning ordinance must also be addressed, since the village employs officers on a part-time basis due to budgetary restrictions.

Acker felt burning should only be allowed on two days a week at the most.

“The haze is over the entire town on some days when you drive into town,” he said. “I feel it is a quality of life issue. It is a problem. Personally, I would like to see it go away entirely, but that is not reality.”

Philhower asked Acker to research what other towns have done on this issue. He said Tiskilwa’s current ordinance on the issue was designed to stop burning at night.

Acker said Plow Creek brings in a trailer during the fall for people to take their leaves in bags to get rid of them instead of burning them. He asked if there could be a collection point for people to take their leaves where village employees could take them to land near the sewer treatment plant outside of town to get rid of them through some means.

Philhower asked if the village could afford having employees do this several days a week during the fall months. Acker replied that if the board requires them to do it, he sees it as an alternative to allowing burning of leaves, especially during the fall.

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