The Rush Township board of supervisors passed an ordinance at Thursday evening's monthly meeting that restricts open burning.
The ordinance prohibits burning leaves or brush and prohibits bonfires. Anyone caught violating these restrictions can be fined.
"I burn a lot," one township resident said. She wanted to know what happens with the permits she has to burn leaves and brush. The board informed her that those permits will be superseded by this ordinance.
The details are several pages long and will be posted on the township website sometime tomorrow, but the board did not have specific information with them at the meeting. It did say, however, that although bonfires aren't allowed, residents are still free to have camp fires and outdoor wood stoves.
When the board was asked what is considered a bonfire, Vice Chairman Robert J. Leibensperger said, "We're not going to be recreational fire police. Use your common sense and judgment."
Also at the meeting, the board approved a purchase of 12 grinder pumps for Lake Hauto, totaling $20,431.08.
Next board of supervisors meeting will be Thursday, Apr. 18 at 7 p.m. in the municipal building.