Council struggles with another fencing issue

By Buck Traxler, I-O Editor

Council members, for the second time this year, struggled with a resident fencing issue.

The fence in question was put up at 508 S. Wisconsin, the residence of Neil and Jodi Weisgram.

The front yard fence is higher than codes allow and put up before a permit and variance following a public hearing was conducted. There were no objections from neighbors and several letters were received in favor of the fence.

Councilman Sandy Syvertson, who didn’t agree with the building of the fence – “it went against the codes, you did it without (permit),” he said. Alderman Wally McHenry noted, “This is the second one I’ve been involved in,” adding, “You should have gotten a permit, it’s tough, but everybody has rules.”

Councilwoman Wendy Judisch felt there were two issues, a permit was not applied for and a conditional variance. “The permit has been dealt with,” she said.

A motion was made to approve the variance which passed on a 3-1 vote. Karla Breding, Judisch and McHenry voted yes and Syvertson no.

A permit with approval vote followed and also passed 3-1 with Syvertson casting the lone nay vote.

In other action, the council voted 4-0 for approval of building permits. Three are on S. Iowa at 317, 418, and 509 respectively for fencing, patio and driveway apron.

Director of Public Works Rich Anderson reported that crews have been patching streets, flushing hydrants, getting the pool winterized, as well as, the parks and ball fields.

A generator went out at the lift station and a salinity meter at the water plant went out as well. Two of his crew are in Bozeman for wastewater schooling. He also noted that no damage occurred to equipment from the power outage on Sunday.

Chief Gary Dent reported that the department received 181 calls during the month of September. In part, two thefts were reported, four calls concerning suicide, seven rides home from taverns, two bar fights, 25 warnings given, 14 assists to the ambulance crews and two to the CVFD.

Cheryl Curry from the Port Authority reported on the Economic Development seminar she attended in Butte, saying, “It was very beneficial.” There will be a regional water meeting upcoming at Norley Hall and the growth policy is coming along. There will be a document presented for approval soon.

The council approved a motion to close city offices on Friday, the day after Thanksgiving.

No action was taken but there was an update on the contract for retaining Bob Olson as the city attorney.

The next regular meeting of the city council will be on Oct. 19, 7:30 p.m. in city hall, 411-1/2 S. Main.