FDL City Council Approves Change To Recreational Fire Hours

Both the Fond du Lac Fire and Police Chiefs Wednesday night expressed some concerns about extending the hours for recreational fires in the City. Police Chief Bill Lamb says they are trying to spend less time on lower priority issues and responding to a call about someone whose recreational fire is burning after hours would be one of them. However he says it won’t create a tremendous burden on the department. Fire Chief Pete O’Leary says when they respond to such calls it can get confrontational and they usually have police go along. In the end the Council unanimously passed the change to the ordinance which will allow recreational fires until midnight on Fridays and Saturdays and the night before a federal holiday. Council President Sam Meyer says he values the chief’s opinions, but this is something citizens wanted. He says if there is a problem with the change it’s something they can take up again.