Burn permits available if conditions OK


MINOT — Selectman Steve French, addressing the Board of Selectmen as the town fire warden and fire chief, said he had received many calls recently from people seeking burning permits.

With woods and fields drying out as quickly as they are, French said he thought townspeople should be aware of proper procedures — beginning with a burn permit — before they undertake any burning.

“The best way is to go online (www.maine.gov/burnpermit) and follow directions. It will cost you $7 and you will need a credit card,” French said.

He noted that people should wait until after 9 a.m. before applying for permits.

“That’s when after checking the forecast they set the ‘class day,’ 1 through 5, with 1 being wet and 5, explosive,” French said. If conditions allow, the permit lets you burn after 5 p.m.

French said he preferred that residents seek a permit online, but they can also try to locate one of the town’s fire officers — either himself or one of the deputy chiefs, Dean Campbell or Norm Gurshick.

“If we are available, we can issue you a permit for free, at the present time, and allow you to burn during the day on weekends, conditions permitting,” French said.

Selectmen also met Monday with Recreation Committee Chairman Candace Gilpatric who reported that Off Road Construction has completed work on the infields of the new balls fields and that Washburn & Son has reworked the drainage ditch.

After looking over projects that need to be done this summer, selectmen directed that the job of hydro-seeding the ditch and other open soil areas be put out to bid.

Selectmen will also be putting projects out to bid to remove stumps from the remainder of the area to be opened up at Minot Memorial Park as well as about 3,000 feet of walking trails.

Highway Foreman Scott Parker reported that the mowing season has officially started and that last Thursday he sent his crew out to mow cemeteries.