ROACHDALE -- Fire was a hot topic in Roachdale on Monday, as the council discussed hydrants, a new ordinance and fireworks.
Fire hydrants were flushed in town on Wednesday, clearing the water for the spring.
The ordinance that passed, which amends a previous one, will hopefully help clarify the town's stance.
"It was very vague to begin with and there have been complaints," council member Zach Bowers said. "We decided to make it a standard."
The new rules specify the amount for fines, which Bowers said was unclear in the past.
Roachdale residents are now able to burn yard waste, cardboard and trash, and have fires for recreation and cooking, so long as it is on their own property between 6 a.m and 6 p.m.
The fire must be no more than 3-feet high and 4-feet in diameter, and it must be contained in a noncombustible container that is sufficiently vented, has enclosed sides and bottom and has a mesh lid to reduce embers and debris.
Residents who don't comply might regret it.
Each occurrence will result in a $50 fine, not to exceed $200 in a day.
With the fire issue resolved, the council turned to fireworks.
After a discussion about a disruptive firework display at the last meeting, the council resolved to let their attorney write a letter to the violating party. This letter was approved on Monday and is ready to be mailed.
The council also discussed the vacant properties in town (48 have been identified) and are determined to work out a solution.
"We're just trying to clean up the community," Town Marshal Mike Mahoy said. "I think every little town is talking about this right now."
The town is hoping to have letters drawn up before the next meeting.
In other news, the council approved of some plans for Roachdale Summerfest. The event has grown and will now take place over two days, June 23 and 24, and will move to Washington Street downtown.
- Next month's meeting has been moved to Monday, June 11 at 6 p.m.
- The horse issue brought up last month has not come up again. Jack Jones, council president, said "it's still hanging."