Truesdale mayor says smoke issues have been resolved

By Jason Koch, Editor
Posted 11/21/23

Truesdale Mayor Jerry Cannon told aldermen that issues with burning at a new development that resulted in smoke that forced people to evacuate their homes have been fixed.

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Truesdale mayor says smoke issues have been resolved


Truesdale Mayor Jerry Cannon gave an update during the Nov. 8 board of aldermen meeting on the smoke issues some city residents faced as work continues on a new housing development along Pinckney Street.

“The burning greatly improved the last few times,” Cannon said. 

That was a significant change from the burning that occurred Oct. 23, when smoke came directly over South Street and forced at least four families from their homes.

The property is owned by George Heath, and the company responsible for the burning was Lamke Trenching and Excavating out of Marthasville.

Heath attended the Oct. 25 meeting to discuss what happened and apologized repeatedly for the issues. He also promised that changes would be made to prevent a similar incident in the future.

“What they did worked and I’m sure it had to do a lot with the wind, too, but they also toned it down dramatically,” Cannon said.

The burning had been stopped Oct. 24, but resumed Oct. 30. The city said it received no complaints after burning resumed.

About the author: Jason Koch is the editor of The Warren County Record, and covers local news and government for the newspaper. He has won multiple awards from both the Indiana and Illinois APME and from the Illinois Press Association. He can be reached at 636-456-6397 or at

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