Elbridge: Town board passes fence ordinance

The Elbridge Town Board unanimously passed a resolution Wednesday concerning fence regulations in the town.

Article VIII states that "no fence shall be constructed, erected, enlarged or altered" unless a $25 permit fee is given to the code enforcement officer by the property owner. After the fee has been given, fences are to be no larger than 4-feet high and "shall be so constructed as to allow one to see through it," and not block visibility for pedestrians or motorists.

The ordinance also states that fences for one and two family residences and non-retail agricultural uses cannot exceed six feet high. Agricultural grazing fences, seasonal snow fences, swimming pool fences and construction fences are exempt from the article.

Life-long Elbridge resident and farmer Robert Hill believes that the town board could do more for local farmers.

"My experience with the town, as far as agriculture, has been poor," Hill said. "I think the town could help farmers like other towns do."

After some debate concerning exactly what types of fences should be exempt, the board passed the article unanimously.

In other news:

- The board will hold a preliminary budget hearing on Nov. 7 at 7:00 p.m.

- $30,398.99 was transferred from the highway part town tax stabilization reserve fund to the highway part town general fund.

- Abscope Environmental Inc. was recognized as the lowest responsible bidder for the town of Elbridge highway garage fueling area containment and floor drain project, and it's bid of $53,600 was accepted, but is subject to be approved by the town attorney.

- The board appropriated $3500, which is the first half of a $7000 installment for a press box at Seymour Lofft Park. The next installment will come in 2008.

- Town granted Global Signal Acquisitions, LLC a 50 year easement for the Sprint cellular tower site at the Elbridge landfill. The easement is worth $325,000.

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