Humboldt Co. adopts burn ordinance


DAKOTA CITY – The Humboldt County Board of Supervisors adopted an ordinance requiring prior notification for open burning Monday.

The ordinance requires people to call the law enforcement center before they intend to start an open burn. The purpose is to prevent fire departments and law enforcement from being called out on false alarms.

County Attorney Jon Beaty said he had heard from four or five people opposed to the ordinance.

“There’s some resistance out there,” he said.

Those people did not understand why they have to place a call if they were going to remain with the fire. They did not want to be burdened with calling, he said.

Failure to call would be a simple misdemeanor with fines ranging from $65 to $625 and/or 30 days in jail.

Supervisor Jerry Haverly asked if there would be leniency for first offenders.

Beaty said it would be considered, but there is no guarantee anyone would get off with just a warning.

The ordinance does not apply to burn barrels, bonfires, or garbage burning, Beaty said.

In other business the board received the compensation board recommendation of a 3.5 percent salary increase for elected officials. Compensation Board Vice chairman Romaine Lee said comparisons were made with other counties of similar population.

The board will consider the request.