Published January 19, 2010 | 11:31 p.m.
BY DENEEN SMITH
SALEM — The Salem Town Board is seeking information on potential limits for outdoor wood boilers in town neighborhoods.
Chairman Linda Valentine said at a meeting Monday she was seeking information on the issue because Pleasant Prairie and Wheatland have had complaints about wood boilers.
“I am not about to say that we should have an ordinance that says we should ban them,” she said. But she said they may not be appropriate on smaller lots.
“I don’t think they should be in neighborhoods,” said Supervisor Patrick O’Connell. He said he did not think the boilers are a problem on larger properties in more rural areas of the town.
In some communities, residents have complained the wood boilers, used to heat homes and buildings, cause air quality problems because of the smoke they generate. Valentine said she has not received complaints in Salem.
Administrator Patrick Casey said the town would have to determine whether it could limit the use of the boilers on certain properties without creating a change in zoning, which would require approval of Kenosha County.
“That starts to become a zoning issue; I need to clarify whether we can do that,” Casey said.