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— Thirty days from today, Benton County residents

will be able to apply for permits to

burn dilapidated structures and rotting

chicken houses on their property.

The process of creating and refin

ing the burn ordinance began in

March when Justice of the Peace Dan

Douglas brought forward the idea to

the county Environmental Commit

tee.

Allowing residents to burn the di

lapidated buildings will help elimi

nate fire and health hazards present

ed by the buildings, while saving tax

payers a little money.

"We have a lot of buildings that are

unsightly and unsafe," Douglas said.

"This (ordinance) gives us a means tocontrol what is being burned and to make sure something that is not supposed to be burned is not being burned."

Under the terms of the newly adopted ordinance, residents will pay a onetime $25 fee per building they would like to burn. Before the permit is approved, the building will be inspected by county Fire Marshal Will Hanna for asbestos and other materials that might prevent the building from receiving a permit.

After a burn permit is issued, the applicant will need to wait an additional 10 days and call Central Communications to check weather conditions before lighting a match, according to the ordinance.

When all is said and

burned, Hanna will once

again inspect the building

site to ensure that nothing

was burned that was not pre

viously approved.

Violators will be subjectto a $500 fine and prosecution if a state law is violated.

ÃEverybody I have talked to out in the county that has an old building are all very happy this passed,î Douglas

said. ÃThis is really a win

win for the county because

it gets rid of the buildings

and a win for the property

owners who can get rid of

them without it costing them

a fortune.î

News, Pages 1, 2 on 08/12/2009

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