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BOARD WEIGHS SAFETY AIM IN LOWERING HIGH FENCES

Some residents here may have to take down fences taller than 4 feet if the Town Board approves a proposed law the board says is designed to help drivers be able to see around corners safely.

The board tabled the proposed ordinance change Tuesday, but the matter will come up again in November and could possibly be adopted then, with a few adjustments.

At a public hearing Tuesday, James R. Vigue, a resident who lives at the corner of St. Joseph and Miller roads, told the board that if it adopts the change, "It shouldn't be for existing fences."

Vigue said his fence is more than 30 feet from the road, but under the current proposal, he would have to take his fence down.

Vigue said he gained approval from Building Inspector Fred Clark before he erected the fence.

The issue was tabled until the next regular meeting at 7 p.m. Nov. 16.

Councilman Marc M. Carpenter said there are some minor issues the board needs to review before it acts on the proposal. He also said there also would be some time for residents who have existing fences over 4 feet high before they have to take them down.

"There are some areas obviously where the line of sight is a problem," Carpenter said of the fences. "We have to address the safety issues, but we have to be as fair as we can to the homeowners."

The law would only apply to front and side lots where a fence would impede drivers' vision, Carpenter said.

Supervisor Steven C. Richards said the board originally wanted to give residents 180 days to take their fences down. The current proposal is to give residents 12 months after a letter is sent out to inform them of the change in the law.

The Town Board also decided, 4-0, to allow Wal-Mart to place up to 20 storage containers on site at the store, 5555 Porter Road, from Oct. 20 to Jan. 15, 2005.

The board also voted, 4-0, to authorize Prime Outlets of Niagara to hold a Santa parade from 8 to 10:30 a.m. Nov. 20, and to direct Police Chief H. James Suitor and Town Manager Harvey Albond to help with the planning of the event.

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