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Code enforcement looks to change fence code

October 16, 2012
By JESSICA COLLIER - Staff Writer (jcollier@adirondackdailyenterprise.com) , Adirondack Daily Enterprise

TUPPER LAKE - Village Code Enforcement Officer Pete Edwards is looking to revise the village's fence code to allow for temporary fences.

Edwards told the village board Monday night he wants to make temporary fences legal in certain circumstances. The fence code was last revised in September 2011, and it doesn't allow for any temporary fences.

Over the summer, P-2's Irish pub, a bar in the Junction neighborhood managed by village Trustee Rick Donah, put up a temporary fence on several occasions to rein in customers between the bar and a concert hall it opened behind the business. Edwards said he received several complaints and questions about that temporary fencing, so he decided it would be a good idea to revise the code.

Edwards said he looked at some other municipalities' temporary fence codes and came up with some sample definitions to add to the current code.

He said most temporary fence codes allow for fences installed for construction, temporary events like concerts or things like the Woodsmen's Days, or emergencies and hazards.

Most of the time, the code will allow the fence to be up for one week, unless the code officer sees otherwise necessary.

Edwards said the law can set forth what materials, colors and other options are approvable for temporary fencing, if the village board so chooses.

Trustees asked Edwards to bring back some recommendations for that, and a sample law drawn up, so a public hearing can be set at the board's next meeting.

Edwards agreed, and said he hopes to get enough public feedback to make provisions for any potential issues with the code.

"If we make a modification to it, let's do it once," Edwards said.

 
 

 

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