Front yard firewood not a problem, council decides

  • Jan. 19, 2011 10:00 a.m.

Port Clements is a logging community and that means there is nothing wrong with residents dumping truckloads of firewood in their yards, council members decided Monday night (Jan. 17). “We’re in Port Clements, we’re not in downtown Victoria,” said councillor Cam Traplin. “Everybody burns wood here.” After a brief discussion, the village council firmly rejected the idea of writing a bylaw that would prohibit or regulate anyone’s ability to dump raw logs on their property and chainsaw them up for firewood. The issue came to the council table after a resident asked the public works department whether it was okay to have a logging truck load of logs dropped off in his yard. Public works superintendent Pete Nelson-Smith said the village’s bylaws do not address the issue, although the village has received three verbal complaints in the past about the noise and unsightliness associated with firewood processing in residential areas. Therefore, Mr. Nelson-Smith asked council for direction. The meeting was attended by about 10 very interested members of the public. There was little debate on the issue, however, as everyone appeared to agree that there was no reason to prohibit the practice. “Sometimes it’s best to let sleeping dogs lie and not make too much of a deal about things,” said mayor Cory Delves.