| SPRINGPORT TOWNSHIP BURNING ORDINANCE
An ordinance to regulate the setting of fires, and to provide
penalties for the violation thereof, and provide a remedy for
the collection of costs and expenses to the township caused by
the setting of fires.
THE TOWNSHIP OF SPRINGPORT, JACKSON COUNTY, hereby ordains;
This ordinance is adopted in the interest of public safety,
health and morals, and is designed to promote the general peace,
health, safety, and welfare of the township of Springport.
No person, partnership, firm, association or corporation shall
within the limits of Springport township, start or have an open
fire except for domestic purposes and to protect persons or property
in case of fire, without obtaining permission of the Township
Fire Chief or his/ her authorized representative.
Any person, partnership, firm, association or corporation desiring
to set or start a fire shall make application to the Township
Fire Chief or his/her authorized representative. The application
when completed shall contain the name and residence of the applicant,
the location, of the lands, and premises where such fire os to
be set and the time contemplated for setting such fire. The application
shall also state the reason for such fire and other information
as may be required from time to time.
If such application is approved and permit and apermit is issued,
such permit will be in accordance with Public Act 143 of 1923
(section 7), as amended.
Any person, partnership, firm, association or corporation, or
clerk or agent thereof, who shall set or start an open fire without
a permit as required by this ordinance shall be deemed guilty
of a misdemeanor and shall upon conviction thereof be subject
to a fine or penalty of not less than $100.00 or more than $500.00,
or by imprisonment in the county jail not exceeding 30 days, or
both such fine and imprisonment.
Any person, partnership, firm, association or corporation who
violates or fails to comply with any provision of this ordinance
or who sets an open fire which necessitates calling the Springport
Township Fire Department, or any other fire department, shall
pay to Springport Township the sum of $500.00 or the total of
all costs and charges incurred by said Township, whichever is
greater, by reason of calling the Springport Fire Department or
any other fire department.
Springport Township may also sue in any court of competent jurisdiction
of civil damages and may recover such costs and expenses incurred
by them from any person, partnership, firm, association or corporation
who sets such open fire.
Definition of "Domestic fire." A "domestic fire"
is any fire around the home, within the curtilage of the dwelling
where the material to be burned has been piled or placed in an
approved debris burner.
"Campfires" The burning of logs, brush, charcoal and
other similar materials for the purpose of food preparation or
recreation, unless prohibited by local laws.
"Burning of Trash" Person may not burn waste materials
from or at a place of business. Person may burn trash from and
at a (1) or (2) family dwelling in an approved container, as long
as they do not violate any other air pollution rules (such as
those limiting smoke and smells). An approved container is one
constructed of metal or masonry with a metal covering device with
openings no larger than 3/4 inch.
This ordinance shall take effect immediately upon passage.
Made and passed by the Township Board of Springport, the 14th
day of April, 2003.