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Council poised to pass Albia’s first fence ordinance next meeting

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Posted: Friday, August 25, 2017 8:52 am

The Albia City Council was able to sign off on a 67-block asphalt street project that was completed recently. The entire cost of the project was $850,000. Jack Pope of Garden and Associates attended the meeting and worked out a solution with the council to pay an $18,000 bill for repairs on a collapsed sewer line. The deal stayed within the budget of the project near Kendall school.

The council also approved scheduling a first reading of an ordinance to establish fencing regulations within the city. There has never been an ordinance governing the erection and maintenance of fences within the city limits.

The ordinance states that the lack of regulations has resulted in the erection of fencing that hampers property values and represents a danger to the public well being.

The purpose of the new ordinance will be designed to promote a minimum standard which must be applied when placing fencing on all property on land within the city boundaries.

The ordinance includes:

• No fence shall be built on any lot or tract outside the surveyed lot lines.

• No fence shall be built by a private party on public land without the specific prior approval of the city. Removal of any such fence will be at the expense of the owner.

• No fence or wall permitted will be built to a height of more than three feet within 20 feet of the closest point where the road pavement ends or curb meets at intersecting roads.

• Fences shall avoid limiting or obstructing the flow of water in natural drainage courses.

• Utility easements will be observed.

• The finished surface of any fence will face toward adjacent properties and street frontage.

For residential fences:

• No fence or wall may exceed three feet in height, except for four-foot fences that permit the transmission of light, air and vision.

• The council may approve a six-foot fence under specific circumstances.

• Side yard and rear yard fences may not exceed six feet.

There is a minimum set back of one foot behind adjacent sidewalks.

Barbed wire cannot be used unless it is permitted for commercial ag purposes in areas abutting Monroe County.

Permits will be required to construct a fence within the boundaries of the city.

The complete ordinance is available at City Hall. The first reading of the new ordinance will occur at the next city council meeting.

The council discussed the mayor’s compensation, including insurance and benefits. The council voted to pay the mayor’s position $1,000 per month with a $600 per month cap on insurance. In visiting with Mayor Richard Clark, most of Albia’s mayors have been on Medicare and have not tapped into the city’s insurance.

The mayor also reported on a number of abatements for mowing and junked vehicles.

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