Randall Planning and Zoning recommends revised fencing ordinance

By Tina Snell, Staff Writer


The Randall City Council learned the city’s Planning and Zoning Committee made recommendations concerning fencing on properties. It wanted assurance that there would be sufficient access into any property to read utility meters and for emergency personnel to enter if necessary.

Randall Councilman Ricky Turner asked the city to look into rewording the city’s ordinance on chain link or privacy fencing to accommodate that request.

“The city needs access to meters and emergency personnel need access to a home,” said Turner. “It’s important that homeowners install a gate.”

Councilman Jerry Adamski asked about dog issues.

“Many times a fence is construct to keep dogs in,” he said. “It will be the city’s responsibility if the meter reader enters the property and is hurt.”

The Council discussed snow buildup at the gate, especially if the homeowner doesn’t use it, which would hamper access to the meters. If the lock to the gate is installed on the inside of the yard instead of the outside, it would make it difficult for the meter reader to enter.

Options had the ordinance worded to include a fence cannot be erected which would block the view of the meter or restrict access to the meter or restrict emergency personnel entering the property if necessary.

City Manager Jerry Peterschick will look into ordinances other cities have and report back to the Council at its May meeting.

Randall City Council briefs 

Other business conducted by the Randall City Council Wednesday night included:

• Voting to donate $3,500 toward the Fourth of July celebration and allowing the Fourth of July committee to  close off the street for a dance, put on fireworks, sell liquor until 1 a.m. and maybe put on a medallion hunt Wednesday, July 3;

• Requesting Mike Drew and Donna Lundgren speak with the Vision Randall group about putting up a banner across Pacific Avenue welcoming people to the city;

• Voting to allow Ben and Amber Lowe to replace the siding on their house and garage and Jeremy Johnson to install both a chain link fence and a wooden privacy fence to their property;

• Voting to give $350 to the City Beautification Program to purchase flower baskets for the business district; and

• Requesting City Manager Jerry Peterschick get estimates for replacing the 18-year-old carpeting in the liquor store and quotes to clean the carpeting in the city hall, the fire hall meeting room and the park building.

The next City Council meeting will be held at the Randall Fire Hall Wednesday, May 15, at 7 p.m.