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Esky eyes burning, camper rules

August 24, 2012
By Jenny Lancour - Staff Writer , Daily Press

ESCANABA - Escanaba City Council covered a lot of ground during a three-hour work session Thursday. Various local ordinances and other concerns were discussed such as outdoor burning and camper trailers within city limits.

No action was taken on any of the topics which administration presented to council for discussion purposes only, explained City Manager Jim O'Toole.

A good part of the work session included concerns relating to the possibility of updating the city's trailer ordinance, which was last revised in 1969.

Complaints of motor homes, campers, boats, and utility trailers parked in the city are currently addressed on a complaint basis because the city does not have the resources to routinely enforce codes, said O'Toole. Safety concerns are addressed by police, he added.

Council discussed possibly making the public more aware of current public safety and zoning codes relating to trailers such as blocking the sight of drivers and pedestrians and trailers being unsightly to neighbors.

Council discussed possibly updating the city's current trailer ordinance, which does not cover the parking of boats in streets and yards, noted O'Toole.

He added that, whatever happens, the city needs to be sensitive to both trailer owners and neighbors because Escanaba is a community which enjoys the outdoors and recreational activities.

"Here, I'm emphasizing what the community will tolerate," said O'Toole, adding public input would be sought on this ordinance, as well as any others council may consider updating in the future.

Other agenda items discussed by council included the possibility of updating the city's noise ordinance by buying equipment for public safety to read and record sound levels.

Escanaba's vendor ordinance could be revised to address motor vehicle food businesses.

Discussion was held on the possibility of creating an ordinance to regulate air pollution and fire hazards from open burning and wood burning within the city.

Council was updated on a draft policy concerning donations of public art, monuments and memorials including their aesthetic value to the community.

Other agenda items included council's upcoming meeting schedule, council rules of procedure, and the need for volunteers on various committees and boards.

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Jenny Lancour, (906) 786-2021, ext. 143,



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