I live in a town of 2500 in SEMN and many people here have wood stoves or burn wood outside. My wonderful neighbor hates that I burn wood. So they went to the city to complain. Got letter from the city and they stating that I need an enclosure or remove all fire wood. Fire wood all in back yard and stack along my 6 foot privacy fence. Not really seen accept by neighbor next store that has a chain link section for about 30 ft. there is NO wood along that. within a block there are poeple that have a lot more wood then I and some have it in front yard in plain view. Per this city code they are stating below for the reason however further down in different section of code Fire wood is exempt from an enclosure, but he stated I have way to much about 3-5 full cords stacked about 5 ft high along the fence. and some in between trees. SEC. 10.42. HAZARDOUS CONDITIONS. Subd. 1. Preamble. A. Private Property . The Council finds that accumulation on private property of unlicensed, unregistered or inoperable motor vehicles, household furniture, furnishings or appliances, or parts or components thereof, or metal, wood, glass, paper, rubber, concrete, or other material, whether organic or inorganic, can facilitate the growth or spread of noxious weeds, the nesting and breeding of rodents, insects, and harmful bacteria, and be a threat of fire. The Council also finds that unless such accumulation is stored in a lawfully operated junk yard, housed within a lawfully erected building, or in a container designed for storage of such material for shor t periods of time, and the contents disposed of on a regular schedule, under provisions of the City Code, it is a source of filth, cause of sickness, and an immediate danger to the health, safety and welfare of persons and property in the City. The Council finds that if such unauthorized, unwholesome and dangerous accumulation is permitted to continue to pose such a threat it is a hazardous condition and a nuisance, must be abated, and that this Section is adopted to protect the residents of the City and their property a nd, in addition, to protect the rights of persons who may be found in violation of its provisions. "Accumulation" as that term is used in this Subparagraph A, means prohibited items in any number or amount. What I find funny in the same ordinances a few paragraphs down Subd. 2. Exterior Storage. A. In residential districts, all materials and equi pment shall be stored within a building or be fully screened so as not to be visible from adjoinin g properties, except for the following in good order: laundry drying and recreational e quipment, construction and land scaping materials and equipment currently being used on the premises, agricultural equi pment and materials, if these are used or intended for use on the premise's, off-street parking of passenger automobiles and pick-up trucks and fire wood. Boats and unoccupied trailers, less than 25 feet in leng th, are permissible. Existing uses shall comply with this provision within 12 months of th e effective date of this Chapter. Specifically states Fire wood does NOT need an enclosure. And I let him know to me it specifically mentions we can store firewood on property. The City administrator stated to me there seems to be a contradiction and needs to talk to the city attorney. All my wood is in back yard and not very visible from the street. I agreed to move some wood to other part of back yard and put a tarp over it. But I am not removing it or building an enclosure. Has anyone else had to deal with issues like this ?? Any suggestions to keep the city at bay for the future of firewood ?