ELLSWORTH - City councilmen in Ellsworth addressed open burning in their community when they met in regular session on Oct. 8.
The council voted to pass on the second reading an ordinance amending the city code pertaining to open burning. The new ordinance states that recreational burning that is offensive or objectionable because of smoke or odor is prohibited, no open burning closer than 50 feet to an adjoining or neighboring premise, there must be constant attendance while engaging in open burning, a water supply must be readily available at the burning site, and law enforcement can order open burning cease if smoke emission is a problem.
Open burning of residential garbage was also discussed. Since it is already prohibited by city code, it will not change.
The council also discussed the drainage system in the Bentson Drainage District. According to maintenance superintendent Danny Anderson, there are no manholes in Dubuque Avenue to monitor the drainage system. Anderson told the council that four manholes should be installed, but two would do at this time. Cost is approximately $4,500 per manhole. The council voted to have two manholes installed at the south end of the city on Dubuque Avenue, one between DeWitt and Dayton Streets and the other midway between Dayton and Dearborn Streets.
In another project, the council directed the clerk to send out "request for qualifications" for a water main replacement project. Responses are due on October 31, with the council to select an engineering firm for final design of the project at their November meeting. Also at that meeting will be a public hearing to discuss submitting a Community Development Block Grant application.
Also on Wednesday, the council:
Approved donating $50 for Trick or Treat night prizes.
Approved donating $250 for Thanksgiving gift cards and $250 for Christmas gift cards to be given away at Bingo.
Changed the November council meeting from November 12 to November 5.