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Clifton: Outdoor furnace dispute burns on

The hot topic of this month's Clifton Town Board meeting stems from a dispute between neighbors concerning illegal use of an outdoor furnace.

Jerry Dockendorf, N6385 1297th St., came to the Dec. 2 meeting to express his continuing concern to board members that his neighbor, Warren Quade, N6904 County Road F, is still using an illegal outdoor furnace after repeated warnings from the board to cease the activity. Apparently the illegal burning has been going on for quite some time.

According to Dockendorf, Quade has been burning oil and old pallet wood lately in the wood burning outdoor furnace, which is adjacent to the Dockendorf property. The burning materials smell and the property is not zoned for the use of an outdoor furnace.

According to Town Clerk Judy Clement-Lee, the town issued a citation to Quade, which he is then going to challenge in court on Monday, Dec. 15.

Dockendorf said he just wants the illegal burning to end.

"There has to be a simple solution," Dockendorf said. "I fight with him every day of my life it seems."

Supervisor Gregg Eggers agreed the situation needs to come to a resolution.

"We want to resolve this and get him to act responsibly," Eggers said.

Dockendorf told board members he will be attending the Dec. 15 court appearance as a witness.

In other business, the board approved a snow plowing contract with Pierce County for the 2008-2009 season.

Board members also decided to hold the Clifton Town Caucus Tuesday, Jan. 6, at 7 p.m., immediately preceding the regular monthly meeting.