Some residents ask Vandalia officials to consider leaf burning ban

Bret Brosman and Larry Bennett are among the city aldermen who could favor a ban on leaf burning in Vandalia.

But they could support such a ban only if the city comes up with a suitable option to burning.

The idea of implementing a ban on leaf burning came up at the Vandalia City Councils regular meeting last Monday night, with Mayor Rick Gottman saying hed had a few people call to voice their opposition to burning.

I know we have a lot of people who have asthma problems and other health problems, Gottman said, explaining that he brought up to issue in order to get the councils feeling.

Brosman said, I think it would be a good idea to ban (leaf burning) as long as the citizens have an option.

He said in order to consider a burning ban, the city would need to look at the cost of providing better leaf pickup service.

Bennett also said he would like to see less burning.

But I would have trouble voting for a total ban if the city doesnt provide an option, particularly for the elderly, he said.

Alderman Mike Hobler, however, said hes opposed to a burning ban.

I dont think we ought to do anything. It doesnt cost anything to burn them, Hobler said.

I think there is more smoke caused by wood burning, he said.

After Alderman Chad Feldpouch asked what other communities do with their leaves, Gottman said he would ask City Administrator Jimmy Morani to contact area communities to get an answer to that question.

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