The Olive Branch Board of Aldermen moved to pass an ordinance addressing open burning in the city at Tuesday’s meeting.
Under the ordinance passed by the board, leaf burning in the city is allowed only on residential, single-family A-R zoned properties, or residential properties of one acre or larger, regardless of zoning.
Those who wish to do leaf burning, however, must receive a permit from the city fire department to do so.
The permit is issued without cost to the property owner, but must be obtained to allow the city to verify the location of the property and to make sure there is no burning going on under “burn-ban” conditions.
The fire department, under direction of Chief Johnny Eason, may also prohibit leaf burning when conditions warrant that open burning might result in a fire burning out of control.
Board members also passed a number of consent agenda items at Tuesday’s session, including the acceptance of a donation from the Delta Regional Foundation in the amount of $5,000, and authorized the city to advertise and seek bids for the labor and material for a box culvert to be placed on Hummingbird Drive.
In executive session, board members discussed two new employee hires for the Police Department and promotions and salary increases for two employees in the Fire Department, but also considered a recommendation for employee disciplinary action of another department employee.
Bob Bakken is Staff Writer and may be reached at 662-429-6397 ext. 240.