According to Rick Kozin, Director of Polk County Health Department, “Smoke from burning leaves contains harmful chemicals such as carbon monoxide and particulates that can be toxic. This can increase hospital visits for individuals who have respiratory illnesses or individuals with chronic allergies and asthma.” This quote is from the Polk County Iowa government website which has the title of “Think again before burning leaves: harmful to your health and illegal”
In the interest of public health, I request that the City of Huxley make it unlawful for any person to burn leaves and other landscape waste within the city limits.
Many cities in Central Iowa prohibit open burning including Ames, Des Moines, West Des Moines, Urbandale, Windsor Heights, Pleasant Hill and Clive to mention a few.
As a resident of Huxley for 30 years, it has bothered me for years that every Fall there are periods of time when leaf burning smoke is thick in various parts of our city. We need to improve the air quality of our city during this time of the year. I request that the Huxley City Council be proactive by eliminating the potential harmful effects of burning leaves and other landscape waste. Please eliminate this source of health hazards to our community’s citizens.
You are cordially invited to attend a council meeting to discuss this issue with council members. The meetings for the remainder of this year are November 28, December 12 or December 19th. Meetings begin at 6:00 in the council chambers.
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