FISHER — The village board voted this week to ban any open burning in town at least until Sept. 13, the next regular meeting. Extreme drought here and elsewhere is responsible for many towns taking similar measures.
Ron Ragle, water department head, told the board he was concerned that a spark from an open fire could spread quickly and put pressure on the village's water supply to contain it. He is also a fireman. Residents are allowed to burn only yard waste and Ragle noted that the early leaf fall might tempt residents to burn leaves.
Ragle said he did not think it was necessary to restrict water usage for residents. He said water usage has been on the decline.
"People have given up on (watering) grass," he said. Instead they are watering to keep trees and flowers alive.
The ordinance will allow charcoal and gas grilling within a closed grill. A $250 fine is the punishment for each violation, but the board and police chief agreed that a first offense will result in only a warning.
Also the board voted 5-1 to override Mayor Milt Kelly's veto last month of a 5-0 vote for an ordinance that allows video gambling there per state law. Only Trustee Chris White voted to sustain the veto. He was out of town and unable to attend last month's meeting.