BYESVILLE, Ohio -- Outdoor furnaces will no longer be allowed in the Village of Byesville.
During their meeting Wednesday night, Council voted to to ban outdoor coal or wood burning furnaces within the village. Earlier this summer, Council had placed a moratorium on the units until further studies on the matter could be conducted. Approval of the ban was by a 5 to 1 vote, with Council President Matt Motes casting the lone no vote. Officials say the smoke output from the furnace is the problem, considering the proximity of other houses. It's feared that the odors from burning coal or wood could cause respiratory problems with area residents. It was noted that there is at least one unit already in place, on the edge of Byesville. This unit will not be a part of the ban, and allowed to stay. Outdoor furnaces, also called outdoor boilers or outdoor stoves, heat homes by first heating water outside, the pumping it underground to the home.
Village Administrator Brennan Dudley reported that village personnel have created a strainer for the septic disposal system. This, after all three raw sewer pumps went down due to contamination from "non-conforming material" which was introduced into the system by outside septic haulers. Dudley refused to identify the haulers, but said occasionally, materials such as towels and clothing get accidentally mixed into the waste water, and plug up the system's pumps.
Graduate students from Akron University are assisting the village in their search for another water source. Students have been in the area doing some preliminary work, and are expected back soon to conduct sonic testing, looking for voids in area deep mines. It's felt these voids may lead to finding additional sources of water. The testing is being conducted at no cost to the village.
Dudley reports that the company Asplundh will be in the village trimming trees for AEP over the next few weeks. The village is not conducting this program, and have no input into the matter. It was also reported that crews have completed a paving project on South 6th Street, and will be moving soon to South 5th Street.
Council voiced their concern over the growing weed problem "all over the village". According to the Village Administrator and Mayor Ray Watson, there has been some staffing issues recently, as well as mechanical failures of the mowing equipment.
A downtown business owner has approached Councilman Bill Albright, requesting the village grade a drive way area, with the business owner offering to pay for gravel. According to Village Solicitor Bill Ferguson, the area in question, is legally, a private drive. Village crews are not allowed onto private property except in certain situations. Various other Council members then pointed out similar past incidents where village personnel worked on private property. According to Ferguson, while it's known to have happened, any formal request never came through Council chambers, as the answer would have been the same: "Sorry, no."