Outdoor wood boiler smoke still an issue in Upsala

By Jennie Zeitler, Staff Writer


Upsala volunteer fireman and City Council Member Brian Lange reported that the outdoor wood boiler operated by John Morrison on South Main Street meets the city code requirements.

However, there have been more complaints about smoke from the boiler bothering Upsala residents.

“The secretary of the Covenant Church, whose office is in the basement, is bothered by the smoke,” said Council Member Joan Olson.

“It must be a combination of wind and heavy air when the problems occur,” said the fire department report.

Morrison rents out the residence where the boiler is located. He also uses the boiler to heat his residence, located behind the Main Street house, on Johnson Street.

“We could ask him to possibly increase the height of the smokestack, to try and get it above the tree line,” Lange said. “Heavy air traps the smoke and it never clears the trees.”

“I’d like to see this rectified because it is affecting people’s health,” Olson said.



Other business that came before the Upsala City Council Monday included:

• Hearing that the date for the Fire Department’s annual raffle will be changed to Heritage Festival weekend;

• Learning that the Christmas lighting contest for 2012 has been cancelled due to the very small response last year;

• Listening to discussion about the location of proposed new streetlights on Hillcrest Street and Basswood Avenue;

• Accepting a bid from Heineman Painting Inc. for $27,990 to start painting at the water treatment plant Dec. 12. Work will be done before Jan. 31, 2013;

• Approving 11 special assessments, adding unpaid water bills to the tax rolls;

• Discussing the rubble remaining from the recent fire department’s house burn, that it is the homeowner’s responsibility to clean up; and

• Hearing Mayor Rollie Johnson’s report on the possible repaving of Tower Road north of Highway 238.

The next regularly scheduled Upsala City Council meeting will be Monday, Dec. 3, at 7 p.m. at City Hall.