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Smoke clouds heater debate in South Boston

Discussion of a proposed ordinance regulating outdoor wood-fired furnaces is one of several items on South Boston Town Council’s agenda for its monthly work session on Monday. The meeting is scheduled to get under way at 5:45 p.m. at council chambers on Yancey Street.

Town staff has proposed language to be added to town code regulating wood-fired furnaces.

At least five wood-fired furnaces are currently operating in South Boston, and outside wood-fired furnaces are currently not addressed in town code.

New language would require all outdoor wood-fired furnaces to be located at least 50 feet from the property line; at least 100 feet from any residence not served by the outdoor wood-fired furnace; and the chimney to be two feet higher than the peak of the residence served or not served, whichever is higher.

The ordinance would require a permit from South Boston Fire Chief Steve Phillips prior to construction of any outdoor wood-fired furnace, and a building permit also would be required to include electrical and plumbing permits.


Other agenda items include:

A presentation of the 2011 Fire and EMS report by Fire Chief Steve Phillips and Fire Marshall Dwight Spangler;

A request from South Boston Garden Club to install a Blue Star Memorial marker in the grass median at the southern entrance to the town;

The introduction of new South Boston police officers;

The monthly financial statement;

And a tentative 2012-13 budget meeting schedule.