Residents rush to secure newly required fire permits in Gloversville

April 14, 2017 06:57 PM

GLOVERSVILLE - The Schreppels are ready for the season - they've got a pile of wood, a new fire pit and the permit, now required, to use it.

"We always try to follow the City's rules," explains Petricia, a teaching assistant and 40 year resident of Gloversville.

The Schreppels were the first in Gloversville to apply for the $25 open fire permit.  After a member of the fire department confirmed their fire would be in an appropriately sized contained and not too near any structures, they were approved.

"We wanted to make it legal with constraints just so it was safe and safe for their neighbors," explains Gloversville Fire Chief Thomas Groff.

Charcoal and gas grills don't require a permit and Gloversville is relying on self governance, plus neighbor reports, to make sure anyone who has a fire also has a permit.

"Sometimes people have too much fun and make the fire too big.  We want them to enjoy outdoors but not get out of hand," maintains Groff.

In previous years, all backyard burning was banned in Gloversville.  So the hope is this new permitting process works for both the City and its residents.

"I think if you are a citizen and live in a community there are some burdens but it's important to follow the rules," adds Schreppel.

If you're caught with open flame on your property and don't have a permit, you'll first get a warning.  But if you're caught again you'll be issued an appearance ticket and fined.

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Abigail Bleck

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