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City Will Be Paying For New Fence

Posted 7/27/2017

By Jared JanzenTHIS fence at 410 Sterling Street, built 10 years ago, extends 14 feet beyond the property line. City council decided last week to offer to split the cost of putting in a new fence on the property line. THIS fence at 410 Sterling Street, built 10 years ago, extends 14 feet beyond the property line. City council decided last week to offer to split the cost of putting in a new fence on the property line.

BENTLEY—A property fence at 410 Sterling Street that extends 14 feet beyond the back property line necessitated city council to call a special session last Friday morning.

The house in question has been on the market with a closing scheduled for Wednesday of this week. The city needed to address the issue of who would be responsible to move the fence before the closing could take place.

Mayor Rex Satterthwaite explained that the fence was put up when the home was first built as a spec home 10 years ago. He guessed the developer had probably wanted to make the spec home look more attractive with a bigger yard.

“These are the sins of 10 years ago we’re dealing with,” Satterthwaite said.

The misplaced fence only came to the city’s attention several months ago when someone expressed interest in building a custom home next door. At that time, the proposed builder, Chris Miller Construction, had offered to move the fence, but plans for the custom home have since fallen through.

One of the issues the council had to decide was whether to move the fence back 14 feet to the property line or 34 feet to the easement line. If on the property line, the fence would require gates to allow Westar access; the city has no utilities back there. If placed 34 feet back, no gates would be needed but the backyard would be significantly smaller.

“At 34 they’d be walking off their deck and right into the fence,” Public Works Director Dan Bliss said. 

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