Commissioners agonized for nearly an hour on how to get an estimated 400 properties with sight-obscuring fences to comply with city codes.
"We need to do something . . . so people know we are addressing this problem," said Mayor Jim Ellison.
In the end, commissioners by a 4-3 vote agreed to take a first step toward addressing the matter that has been a touchy issue with residents since the spring.
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The resolution passed does the following:
- There will be no modifications to fence and zoning ordinances prohibiting sight obstructions
- Code Enforcement will draft an informative, non-technical, explanatory letter to the owners of property with such site obstructions
- Owners will have one year to correct violations
- The permit fee for fence work performed will be eliminated
- Staff will come back with a recommendation on how to streamline the appeal process with reduced fees