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Grand Rapids may remove ban on residential fire pits

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A proposed ordinance would allow residential campfires in Grand Rapids. 

The open burning ordinance was introduced at a Grand Rapids City Commission meeting this week.

It follows a petition started last year by a resident calling for the changes.

Mayor Rosalynn Bliss says she supports the conversation.

“I think we need to have an open dialogue about it and a conversation and give people an opportunity to react to what’s being proposed and then provide us an opportunity to really listen.”

If approved, residents could apply for one-year fire permits at single or two-family homes.

A public hearing is scheduled later this month.

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