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The Missouri Department of Natural Resources has granted Louisiana a permit to resume burning at Star Hill.
City Administrator Bob Jenne said a 60-day burn permit was obtained last week.
Burning at Star Hill was suspended for a short time following a recent visit from a DNR environmental specialist. According to city officials, the visit was triggered from a complaint made by a resident about the burning.
Jenne said DNR found some items that should not have been burned by the city at the site. For example, Jenne noted that some of the burned items included paper goods and old lumber.
The city also had to remove a dumpster from Star Hill since DNR considered the property to be a processing facility due to the container’s presence.
As part of the shutdown, the city had to remove previously burned materials from the site in several containers that were taken to a local landfill.
Prior to receiving the burn permit, Jenne reported DNR conducted an aerial survey and determined that five homes, one of which was unoccupied, were located within 200 yards of Star Hill. He said the occupants of the four homes signed waivers noting that they did not object to the burning.
“It was not causing them any problems,” Jenne told the Press-Journal.
Had residents in one of the homes objected, the city would have been required to purchase an air curtain destructor as a possible solution to resume its burning operation. Jenne estimated the machine, which helps eliminate smoke, would have cost around $30,000
Residents are allowed to drop off limbs, brush and leaves at Star Hill on Fridays and Saturdays from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Burning is only performed by city employees, Jenne said.
With the absence of the dumpster at Star Hill, Jenne said the city may look for other ways to collect larger trash items from residents.
“We will have to come up with a way to allow citizens to bring goods — not appliances or anything like that — that they would like to get rid of and is too big to go in their trash,” he said. “What we may try to do is set up something at the impound yard so it can be monitored; might do something like that every two months.”