Petal considering new debris burning ordinance

PETAL, MS (WDAM) - Land developers who plan to burn debris within the Petal city limits may soon have to get permission from city officials before doing so. A new ordinance being considered by the Petal Board of Aldermen would require commercial entities to pay a fee of $25 and get the OK from the Petal Fire Dept. before doing any large-scale burning.

Aldermen voted Tuesday night to review the proposal for 2 weeks.

"Anybody burning in their yard for residential purposes is completely unaffected by this," said Petal mayor Hal Marx. "This is for your business people who are going to come in and push off large tracts of property for major development," Marx said.

"There's so much congestion, there are so many schools in the city, there are churches, there are businesses, there are a lot of other things affected, a lot of people with health issues and that's the thing we'll have to take into consideration," said Petal fire chief Joe Hendry.

Mayor Marx expects a vote on the proposal at the next meeting of the Board of Aldermen on Nov. 1. If it passes, it will go into effect Dec. 1.

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