The ordinance prohibits burning of tires, rubber material, aerosol products or any other hazardous materials in the town limits. These materials must be disposed of in ways other than burning.
The ordinance does not prohibit cooking fires built within fireplaces, barbecue pits or grills that would be under constant supervision.
There is now a limit for fires to burn grass or ”woodland debris” in private yards, to one pile in the owner’s yard, which cannot be larger than 3 feet in diameter and 2 feet in height. The burning must also be done between the hours of 7 a.m. and 9 p.m.
The burning of trees, undergrowth or brush on land that is being cleared for development will also be allowed during the same hours of 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.
There is an exception for clearing done in the wake of a natural disaster, which must simply comply with the Alabama Air Pollution Control Regulations.
The council has reportedly received many complaints regarding burning in the city and wishes to “discourage burning for health and safety reasons.”
The council also empowered the Sipsey Police Department to intervene and halt any burning they deem to be in violation of the ordinance. Burning permits can be obtained from the town pending acceptance of an application available at town hall.
The ordinance took effect immediately when the council voted on Monday evening.