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The Paonia Board of Trustees will consider an ordinance and resolution related to fences after tabling the items at the Jan. 24 board meeting.

The ordinance would amend existing municipal code to state that fences shall be made of materials, as determined by the town; that construction of fences, walls or planting of a hedge require a fence permit, with the cost to be set by resolution of the board; and that deer fencing be permitted in the rear and sides of yards of properties located in the R1, R2 and R3 residential districts of the town.

The proposed ordinance also requires that deer fences be between six and a half and eight feet above grade, that material be 85 percent open with a minimum open diameter of six square inches, and that materials be properly supported to prevent sagging. Chain link fences will not be considered as deer fences under the ordinance.

The resolution re-establishes a flat fee for fence permits. In adopting a fee schedule last September, the fence permit was increased from $25 to $35. According to former interim town manager Dan Dean, while the amount of the fee was understood, passage of the fee schedule didn't include a fence permit, causing fence permits to be treated like building permits, the cost of which is determined by a formula. That resulted in a fee of $70 for a fence permit. "That became problematic for some," said Dean.

The fencing ordinance must be approved before the resolution can be considered. The board voted to postpone discussion to give the public a chance to consider both items.

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