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Antrim Township adopts burning ban

July 25, 2007|By ASHLEY HARTMAN

GREENCASTLE, Pa. - Dry conditions caused by a lack of rainfall prompted the Antrim Township Board of Supervisors to authorize a ban on open burning beginning July 30, if the township does not receive any rain by that date.

Antrim Township Manager Ben Thomas received a request from Rescue Hose Company No. 1 "requesting a temporary ban on open burning due to dry conditions and the amount of brush fires they are responding to."

Thomas said brush fires are being reported and responded to on a daily basis by Rescue Hose, which serves the Green-castle and Antrim Township areas.

If the open burning ban is put in place, it will last 30 days.

The board decided to delay starting the ban until Monday because the weather forecast is calling for rain in the next few days, Thomas said.

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If the ban goes into effect, "we'll put out an immediate notice and it will be posted to all the villages of Antrim Township," Thomas said.

In order for the county to issue a burn ban, it must receive a request from a majority of the fire chiefs in the county.

The supervisors tabled five items on Tuesday's agenda because two of the supervisors were not present.

· Reviewing a proposal to provide Martin's Mill Bridge engineering and bridge inspection services

· Reviewing the traffic report from Land Studies Inc. for the intersection of Pa. 16 and Interstate 81

· Proposed future flood plain ordinance and discussion

· Agricultural preservation opportunities

· Adopting a resolution requiring compaction or other forms of geological testing to be submitted with stormwater modification requests

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