Cortland Common Council Tuesday night tried to better define the rules for residential fires.
Fire Chief Charles Glover explained the code revision, “We’re talking about open fires which are not contained in a fire pit, as opposed to fire pits and some of the devices that are designed for recreational fires.”
Glover told council members that the city needed rules since most properties are pretty close together. “The fact that Cortland is a condensed city with small yards is a factor that we need to consider,” said Glover. “We don’t want people having fires in their backyard, and burning down their neighbor’s house.”
Police are often called when fires annoy neighbors, and the rules may help with any disputes.
The amendment to the city code was tabled for now.
City codes for pets are likely to change.
Council approved an exotic pet permit for a bunny, and in doing so, Alderman Tom Michales suggested that domestic pets are more than cats and dogs these days.“Just to be clear under our city ordinance, domestic pets are basically cats and dogs at this point,” said Michales. “Anything else is considered exotic. It’s been like that for a number of years.”
“Just to be clear under our city ordinance, domestic pets are basically cats and dogs at this point,” said Michales. “Anything else is considered exotic. It’s been like that for a number of years.”
Council also appointed Diane Potter to take the vacant District 5 County Legislature seat of Luke Snyder, who resigned last month.
Potter will serve until the end of Snyder’s term in December.
Also at the meeting, the Mayor’s proposed budgets were turned over to the Council for review and possible changes.