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Burning of Leaves and Yard Waste
We are into that time of year when the leaves are falling off the trees and accumulating in our yards. You may ask yourself “what am I going to do with all of these leaves”? Then you think, “well I’ve seen people rake the leaves into the street and burn them. That sounds like a good idea; I think I will do that”. Well we can assure you that is not a good idea. Raking leaves into the street and burning them causes the streets and roads to deteriorate at an accelerated rate. You may ask, “how is that possible”? When you burn leaves in the street it pulls the oil up out of the asphalt and ignites the oil that is mixed in with the asphalt. The oil is the bonding agent what holds the asphalt together. Anyone burning leaves or brush in the street may be issued a citation. Please call the City at 417-581-1705 or the Police Dept. at 417-582-1030 to report burning in the street.
Ozark Municipal Code dictates burning of yard waste below:
Section 235.100 Burning of Yard Waste Permitted.
[R.O. 2006 §235.355; Ord. No. 01-076, 11-19-2001]
Please help us keep our streets in good shape for years to come.