Oak Hill City Council reads to remove burn permits

OAK HILL, WV (WOAY) – Tonight, the Oak Hill City Council discussed the removal of burn permits.

The city council had a first reading to review Municipal Code 11.20, which deals with fire prevention and the need for a burn permit. Currently, burn permits can be obtained by residents from city hall Monday through Friday from 8 AM to 4 PM, which the city council says conflicts with many residents’ work schedules. The removal would resolve this issue where residents would simply call the non-emergency number to the 911 center and state that they plan to have a controlled burn.

“I think we need to, through social media, on your sewer bill, and on the different ways, we have to communicate with the public, that you still should call the non-emergency number for the 911 center. And you can’t burn household trash, car tires, and those kind of fire safety issues,” said Oak Hill City Manager William Hannabass

The Oak Hill City Council will have a second reading and vote on the removal of the burn permits at their next meeting.