As the leaves continue to fall and citizens of Rock Falls are burdened with the additional task of disposing of them in a manner other than burning, keep in mind the city of Rock Falls burns their branches with leaves on the island between the bridges on Avenue G.
They justify this burn, as a portion of the island is county property, so their burn is confined to the county property.
On Aug. 4, after the burn ban was passed and in effect July 5, I personally observed huge clouds of smoke originating from that island property and drifting directly south toward the city of Rock Falls, the high school, and Whiteside County Health Department, where our most vulnerable citizens are present.
When I approached the council and mayor regarding this burn, Mayor Wescott stated the city has been burning on the island and will continue to burn there.
I understood the main reason for the burning ban was for health reasons, as many citizens have respiratory issues. I hope the smoke generated from the city’s burning isn’t as harmful as the smoke from the citizens’ burning, and that all the tourists won’t be bothered by the type of smoke from the city burn.
It really makes me wonder what the real reason for the burn ban is, as it obviously wasn’t for health reasons. Is this what we want from our elected officials who represent our interests?