New Ordinance Prohibiting Open Burning in the Borough

Residents should be aware that effective February 2019, the Borough has passed an ordinance regulating open burning:

An Ordinance of the Borough of West Mayfield, County of Beaver, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania rescinding a prior Ordinance regulating Open Burning and establishing an Ordinance prohibiting Open Burning in the Borough.

WHEREAS, The Borough of West Mayfield has determined that open burning may be detrimental to the health, safety and welfare of Borough residents.

WHEREAS, the Borough Council after careful consideration has decided to rescind and repeal the prior Ordinance cited as “Chapter 660 Open Burning” in the Borough of West Mayfield codified ordinances and to enact an Ordinance which would prohibit Open Burning within the Borough.

NOW THEREFORE, BE IT ORDAINED AND ENACTED by the Borough of West Mayfield Council, County of Beaver, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania as follows:

That the Ordinance known as “Chapter 660 Open Burning” in the Borough of West Mayfield Codified Ordinances is hereby repealed and rescinded effective immediately. All other ordinances, regulations and/or resolutions shall remain in full force and effect.

No outdoor fire or burning of any nature or for any purpose shall be kindled or maintained in the Borough of West Mayfield except as listed in the following subsections:

An outdoor fire or ceremonial fire may be maintained if done so pursuant to a permit from the Department of Environmental Protection and if approved by the Borough and the West Mayfield Volunteer Fire Department.

An outdoor fire may be maintained for cooking purposes using charcoal, wood or gas fires in approved closed containers such as metal barbecue grills with covers, covered hibachis or commercial grills which utilize propane or natural gas for combustion.

Open fires may be set in the performance of official duties of the West Mayfield Volunteer Fire Department if the fire is necessary for the prevention of a fire hazard which cannot be abated or for the protection of the public.

Penalties. Any person, firm or corporation who shall violate any provision of this Ordinance shall, upon conviction thereof, be sentenced to pay a fine of not more than $1,000.00; and or imprisonment of a term not to exceed ninety (90) days. Each day that a violation of this Ordinance continues shall constitute a separate offense.

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