ASHTON - The Ashton Village Board passed an ordinance at the Monday, Oct. 8 meeting that will ban the burning of leaves in the village limits, effective immediately. The board voted 4-1, with Chris Woodall casting the no vote and Martha Holder absent. Village president Tim Henert presented the ordinance noting several reasons for his recommendation. Health concerns for many area residents who suffer with breathing issues and asthma were a top priority. Violations of the current guidelines, such as when and where they could burn also played a role in the recommendation.
Residents are reminded that the village offers yard waste pickup twice weekly when leaves are placed in proper bags. The ordinance also bans blowing leaves into the street as it causes multiple issues. Violators of the ordinance will be subjected to a fine schedule, with fines ranging from $50 to $750 for repeat offenders.
The board also heard plans from Henert regarding the adoption of Blight Ordinance which will include specific wording regarding junk, rubbish or building materials which are unsightly on properties. The ordinance will be drafted and presented at the November meeting. The mayor noted that unkempt property results in lower property values for everyone in the village. Without an ordinance outlining the details, the village has no leverage to address these issues.
The zoning board recommended that the property at 504 Killion remain as an R1 opposed to an R2 which would allow more than one family of occupants.
The clerk announced that packets are available at the village office for the April election. There are three, four year term seats up for election and one, two year term seat. The petition must be returned mid December for names to be on the April ballot.