The Osage Beach Board of Aldermen signed off on a ban against the open burning of garbage. The board adopted the policy after discussions to strengthen city ordinances for littering and the disposable of trash.

The Osage Beach Board of Aldermen signed off on a ban against the open burning of garbage. The board adopted the policy after discussions to strengthen city ordinances for littering and the disposable of trash.

According to City Administratot Jeena Woods, the ban only prohibits the burning of trash. It does not restrict grills or recreational fire pits. Woods said there were several issues that lead to the ban including the smell and the fire danger burning household waste.

There was also some concern over chemicals released by some common household items when they are ignited.

The ban includes open fires and burning in barrels. The ban that addressed garbage is in addition to construction debris and treated lumber that was already prohibited.

Woods said several aldermen had raised concerns about residents burning trash. Another issue the city tackled is shoring up enforcement of the littering ordinance.

Woods said the city has seen an increase in littering, especially along roadways.

The goal is to increase the enforcement efforts and discourage random littering. Another change coming to Osage Beach deals with contractors who do business within the city limits . When approved, contractors will now have to list the city on their liability insurance.

That will allow the city to be notified by carriers when a contractor changes coverage or lets the policy lapse. The city wants to make certain contractors are carrying the retired liability insurance.