Letter to the Editor:
To The Honorable Mayor Dan Zimmermann and members of the City Council:
Re: Burn Ban input
First of all, I want to thank each of you for the time and effort you are dedicating in your role as public servants. Many times you don't get the appreciation that you deeply deserve.
On the matter of whether the City of Tama should adopt a Burn Ban, I offer the following suggestions and comments:
1.PROHIBIT ALL BURN BARRELS-These are a relic of the 1950's when residents burned all of their garbage and personal papers. None of us gave any thought about air pollution and air quality. We are now in the next century and burn barrels have outlived their purpose.
2.ASSISTANCE IN REMOVING BURN BARRELS-After the City adopts an Ordinance prohibiting burn barrels a program should be implemented by the City for the City to pick up and dispose of all burn barrels without cost to any resident.
3.PROHIBIT BURNING OF GARBAGE UNDER ANY CONDITIONS-If the City doesn't have an Ordinance prohibiting burning of garbage one should be adopted. Again, burning of garbage is a relic of the past and, needs to be prohibited.
4.OPENBURNING BAN-While prohibition against all open burning regardless of what, is beingburned and the time of year would be best, a compromise might be that two weeks in the spring and two weeks in the fall be set aside for the burning of leaves. TheCity could announce via water bills the dates for open burning of leaves this might vary from year to year depending upon weather conditions. We do have a great program in the City for the disposal of leaves and yard waste but if the City feels that this would be too much of a burden on some of the residents, then perhaps setting aside time in the spring and fall for open burning of leaves might be a good compromise.
I urge the Council to adopt the above as I think it would be in the best interest of the City and its residents as a whole although it may certainly be an inconvenience to some residents. However, your role is to do what is in the best interest of the City and to do so you must have a vision for your community and what will make it a better place in which all of us reside.
Thank you for your time.
John J. Willett