Fire pit ordinance discussed

Metal Fire Pit (WNG File photo)

WESTFIELD—A new ordinance proposed on fire pits in the city has been sent back into a city council subcommittee for more review.

The Westfield City Council’s Public Health and Safety subcommittee discussed a draft ordinance that would address fire pits, chimeneas and other outdoor fireplace use in the city.

The draft, crafted by the subcommittee’s chairperson At-Large Councilor Dan Allie, had input from the city’s law department as well as had influences from Massachusetts state laws and suggestions from Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP).

The ordinance, which was laden with legal language, was voted to stay in committee with eventual next steps potentially being public hearings, city council vote and review from MassDEP.

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