TUPPER LAKE - The village is looking for input from the public on a law it has proposed that would set out guidelines for temporary fencing.
The village board held a hearing on the revision to the fence law at its Monday night meeting, but board members put off enacting the new provision until their January meeting.
The village has always allowed temporary fences to be erected in the past, but village Code Enforcement Office Pete Edwards decided it would be best to set out what is allowed in the village's fence code.
The new portion of the law allows for a temporary fence to be installed for one week, unless Edwards feels there's a good reason to keep it up for longer.
Edwards said he wants to hear from the public about the law because he doesn't want it to be put into action and then have people complain about it after the fact.
He said the most controversial type of fence is the orange roll-up snow fence people use to block snowmobilers from their property. He suggested that if people have problems with snowmobilers, they should call him. As a member of the local snowmobile club, "I may be able to cure a situation before a fence needs to be put up," Edwards said.
Trustee Rick Donah noted that orange and black are the only two colors of that type of fence sold at local hardware stores.
Trustee Tom Snyder asked how temporary fences will be removed if people don't take them down when they are supposed to. Edwards said he would handle it like a normal code violation: Give the offender a courtesy call; then issue a violation ticket if it's not removed.
Hope Frenette asked if it would be possible to include temporary fences as a box to check on construction permits, so contractors don't have to worry about yet another form to fill out when starting construction. Edwards said that could probably be worked out.
Ron LaScala suggested that seasonal fence permits should be considered. He noted that if a local establishment like P-2's Irish Pub, which Donah runs, wants to hold concerts throughout the summer, it should be allowed to put up a fence for the whole summer, then take it down once the concerts are finished.
Village Clerk Mary Casagrain said she hasn't gotten any written comments or inquiries on the topic.