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Town passes skateboard, open-burning ordinances

The Corydon Town Council recently passed two new ordinances and is in the process of meeting the requirements of publishing them before they can go into effect June 1.
One seeks to control skateboarding on public property in the town limits and provides penalties for violations; the other pertains to open burning.
Town council member Roger (Buck) McGraw said earlier this month that the board had to do something regarding skateboards.
‘It’s a liability problem,’ he said, adding that he realizes the youth mean no harm but just want a place to skateboard.
‘I’d like for us to kind of put it on our radar’ to plan a place for skateboarding, he said.
Eva Bates North, town council president, suggested the Fred Cammack Corydon Farmers Market could possibly be ‘a safe place’ for that activity when the market is not open.
The market operates Fridays from 4 to 7 p.m.
The ordinance states that skateboarding ‘can be a dangerous activity to traffic and pedestrians.’ It defines a skateboard as ‘made of wood, fiberglass or other material or combination of materials mounted on two axels … with two wheels … attached to each axle.’ The term ‘skateboard’ includes ‘motorized’ ones as well.
‘Skateboarding,’ defined as ‘lying, sitting, squatting, kneeling or standing’ on a skateboard and ‘propelling oneself by any means which causes the skateboard to move … ‘ is prohibited on all public property owned or controlled by the town of and on all public property owned or controlled by other government entities, to include sidewalks and parking areas, except as may be specifically authorized by the appropriate entity.
The ordinance further states that ‘skateboarding is prohibited on all private property in the Town of Corydon, provided, however, that skateboarding is permitted on such property with the permission and consent of the private property owner, tenant or other person lawfully in possession of said property.’
Violations of the ordinance will be considered infractions. The first violation carries a $25 fine; each additional one will be a $50 fine.
The open-burning ordinance, which also goes into effect June 1, states that ‘no person or business shall start, kindle, cause, allow or maintain any form of leaf burning, wood burning of any kind or burning of trash, rubbish or garbage on private or public property, except as specifically authorized by this ordinance.’
What is permitted includes the burning of logs and other wood products in residential fireplaces; burning of charcoal and other food-cooking fuels used in outdoor grills or traditional food-cooking devices; fires celebrating Twelfth Night ceremonies; fires for school pep rallies or Scouting activities; and fires for recreational cooking purposes.
Residents also can request a variance but there’s no guarantee it will be granted.
The increasing popularity of fire pits prompted the council to adopt this ordinance.
A written warning from the Corydon Police Dept. will be issued to first-time violators, who must correct the violation immediately; failure to do so will result in the issuance of a citation, which carries a $100 fine.
According to the ordinance, those violators who refuse or fail to extinguish a fire could face up to a $2,000 fine with the fire department having the authority to go on the property to put out the fire.
For more information, call the town hall at 812-738-3958.