[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Board of the Town of Barton 11-17-2009 by Ord. No. 09-06. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Fire protection — See Ch. 281.
[Amended 12-15-2015 by Ord. No. 15-004]
It shall be unlawful for any person to set or start a bonfire or other fire out of doors within the boundaries of the Town of Barton without a burning permit except for any State of Wisconsin-licensed campground currently recognized by the Department of Health Services. The Chair or any of the Supervisors of the Town of Barton may issue a burning permit to a property owner in the Town of Barton to burn brush, leaves, needles, grass, clean wood and unrecycled paper and cardboard. The Chair or a Supervisor is to instruct the person obtaining the burning permit that the fire needs to be adequately supervised and will not spread out of control or endanger life or property. The property owner is to call the Washington County Sheriff's Department's nonemergency number to report that he will be burning and has obtained the required permit.
Burning barrels with screen coverings are allowed for burning without a burning permit. Any out-of-control fires that result will be charged back to the property owner(s). The Town of Barton allows the following to be burned with or without a permit in a burn barrel: brush, leaves, needles from pine trees, grass clippings, clean wood and unrecyclable paper and cardboard.
The Town Chair shall be ex officio Fire Warden of the Town of Barton. The Chair and all Town Supervisors can issue burning permits.
Any person who violates any provision of this chapter shall be liable to the Town of Barton for all costs and expenses incurred in fighting or extinguishing such fire. In addition, the property owner shall forfeit $100 if a burning permit was not obtained. Failure to pay the amount invoiced shall be assessed to the property owner's tax bill.
The Town Board, in the adoption of this chapter, shall be deemed to have exercised the powers of a Village Board pursuant to the authority granted to it by the electors of the Town.