Responding to numerous calls from citizens incensed over the appearance of a wooden fence along the Historic and Scenic Byway through town, Cedaredge Mayor Pat Means explained that the matter is being handled in municipal court.
In addition, town trustee Ray Hanson, who is also a member of the town planning commission, has raised questions about the physical condition of five older mobile homes that the fence screens from the view of passing traffic.
The occasion for Means' and Hanson's remarks was a regular monthly work session of the town board on Aug. 8.
The matter of the fence went to Cedaredge municipal court on Aug. 1. Judge Mike Schottelkotte gave the town authority to "abate" the situation if it is not remedied by the owner, reported town Administrator Katie Sickles. The town has gotten a bid for the work and will be able to file a lien against the property to recover payment, if necessary.
But that may not be necessary.
Sickles also reported that following the court session the fence was being "cleaned up and repaired" by the owner.
Means said that "at this point" the town's legal complaint involves accumulated trash along Grand Mesa Drive and certain non-code materials being used as part of the fence, materials including pallets which are not allowed by the town's year-old fencing code. "We have other options," Means added.
The town wants to see the fence painted and "junk" taken out of the right-of-way. "We have addressed the safety issue," Means said. "Hopefully next week it will be cleaned up."
Trustee Hanson suggested an executive session of the town board to discuss whether five older mobile homes on the same property meet standards that would qualify them for required building permits to upgrade for occupancy.
Sickles noted, "The town doesn't have any ordinance dealing with 'livable structures.'"blog comments powered by Disqus