Golden is three steps closer to solid fuel bylaw repeal

The first three readings have been given to repeal a solid fuel burning appliance bylaw in Golden.

The first three readings have been given to repeal a solid fuel burning appliance bylaw in Golden. Staff made the recommendation to council after a motion was passed in a close vote at the last regular Town of Golden council meeting.

The statement respecting reasons for adopting the bylaw was presented to council. It said, “Town of Golden Solid Fuel Burning Appliance Repeal Bylaw 1310, 2012 : Under the authority of the Community Charter s. 137 Council may amend or repeal a bylaw. Council deems it desirous to protect and enhance the well-being of the residents of Golden by reducing community-wide carbon emissions resulting from building heating systems fueled by petrochemicals. One means to accomplish this is to allow residents and resident business owners the choice of installing solid fuel burning appliances as an alternative source of heat.”

Coun. Caleb Moss once again voiced his concern over repealing the bylaw at this point.

“As I stated in the Committee of the Whole Meeting, I think it is a perfectly fine thing to open up the conversation. I think there should be a further conversation that moves along with our select committee,” he said.

In response Coun. John Jackson said this is the time to make this decision so people would have the chance to put the stoves in their houses.

The first three readings passed with Councillors Jackson, Pecora, Hambruch and Oszust supporting the motion.