There will be no final vote on proposed leaf burning ban

There will not be a final vote next week on a proposed leaf burning ban for St. Joseph County.

While there seems to be a general consensus that something must be done, County Council Members Tuesday night decided to keep the measure in committee, and continue to iron out the details.

As written, the measure would ban burning within 200 feet of a residence, but not on farms. At least one councilman argued for an all-inclusive burn ban.

There's a chance a county-wide leaf pickup program would be reinstated to soften the blow of a ban. A request for proposals for leaf pickup will go out in January.

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