Cobb clarifies rules on medical burn ban

The Cobb County Board of Commissioners decided 5-0 Feb. 27 to clarify restrictions for medical burn bans.

No garbage can be burned outdoors in chimeneas, fire bowls, outdoor fireplaces and similar devices at single-family residences or anywhere in the county.

It was clarified that fire department practice burns are not allowed in a medical burn ban area.

Commissioner Bob Weatherford expressed his concern that homebuyers may not know they are purchasing a home within a medical burn ban.

In response, Commissioner Bob Ott suggested the realtors association could add Cobb’s medical burn ban areas to their list.

These bans require a doctor’s verification and limited burning within a 1,000-foot radius.

Many of the commissioners expressed their appreciation to David Birkinbine of Mableton who persistently has spoken at almost every public comment period for many months, seeking to place more restrictions on the medical burn ban such as to permit clean wood only.

Commission Chairman Mike Boyce told Birkinbine, “Many wrote back to me that they significantly outnumbered your position. The will of the people spoke loud and clear that they could not support the medical burn ban. I really admire your perseverance and commitment to this issue.”