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Council continues to work on city fencing ordinance

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Posted: Friday, October 6, 2017 9:53 am

The Albia City Council again addressed a proposed fencing ordinance and sent it back for adjustments by City Attorney Bob Breckenridge. Two main issues were brought up by Councilman Bryon Stilley.

The first was a clarification on sidewalk setback and intersection visibility. A vision clearance diagram was suggested and will be added to the ordinance. “People think they own the property from the sidewalk to the street and they don’t,” said Stilley.

Stilley also said with some previous revisions, the ordinance is somewhat jumbled. The council briefly discussed with Breckenridge making it more user friendly and he said he could do that.

Councilmen also questioned property owners with current fences and Breckenridge said that unless the fences were on utility right-of-way they would be grandfathered in. There was also some discussion on the use of temporary snow fence, as well as fencing around sports fields. The ordinance, with its revisions will be back before the council at its next meeting.

The council met with Kevin Kness and Dan Tometich, members of the Albia Trails Committee, about receiving Local Option Sales Tax money already promised to the committee. In writing for grant money, the committee needs committed matching funds. The council briefly discussed making a motion that would include a revocation or suspension clause in the event the city needed the money for something more pressing, but the council, at the urging of the Trails Committee decided not to include that. Kness said that in seeking grants and loans, funds needed to be fully committed.

The council unanimously approved moving L.O.S.T. funds to the committee. The money will flow into the Monroe County Iowa Foundation. Kness said the committee is ready to hire an engineer to design the trails system and part of the money will be used for that.

Nicole Moore, Executive Director of Chariton Valley Planning and Development spoke briefly about the resolutions and documents for the airport zoning grant. CVPD will do all of the planning work. She did encourage the council to upgrade its comprehensive plan.

An issue that will likely come before the council again and again as more ash trees die throughout the city, is whose responsible for cutting dying and dead trees that pose a public hazard. Breckenridge said it is the responsibility of the property owner to cut or trim hazardous trees.

Councilman Andy Coe brought before the council a problem in his precinct where an owner is refusing to cut a dead tree. The property owner will be served an abatement to do the necessary work.

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