Burn Permit Rules May Change

MOUNT DESERT — The town’s dispatchers commonly issue permits for open burning, but there is a problem with that:

The existing Burning of Debris Ordinance gives the forest fire warden the authority to issue permits, but authority does not extend to his designees.


The board of selectmen has decided that needs to change. Board members voted at their Feb. 22 meeting to ask citizens at the May town meeting to repeal the burn ordinance. If that warrant article passes, then the town would simply follow the state law regarding open burning, which allows the fire chief and forest fire warden to assign to others the job of issuing burn permits.

The selectmen also agreed informally to eliminate the separate position of forest fire warden, which Lloyd Norwood has held for many years, and to appoint Fire Chief Mike Bender to serve in that capacity.

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