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Mabton Council sticks with four-foot fences

MABTON - After several meetings to review its fencing ordinance, the Mabton City Council has decided to stick to a four-foot front fence restriction.

"But some changes will be made to the existing fencing regulations," said Ildia Jackson, Mabton City administrator.

After a lengthy discussion during Tuesday night's Council meeting, about safety issues concerning firemen and police, the Council decided to leave front fence height requirements as is, Jackson said.

She said City Attorney Jack Maxwell and Mabton Fire Chief Bill Roettger outlined their concerns about changing the current restriction from four feet to six feet.

"They were concerned with the safety of emergency personnel who could face a variety of dangers hidden from their view by six foot fences," Jackson said.

The Council agreed to review other parts of the fence ordinance at its next meeting

"The Council will be considering changes to the types of materials which may be used for fencing, as well as set back requirements," Jackson said.

She also said the Council will look at the period of time a permit is valid. Currently, Mabton issues fencing permits which are good for a year.

"We'd like to cut that back to 45 to 60 days," Jackson said.

. Julia Hart can be contacted at

(509) 837-4500, or you can e-mail her at jhart@eaglenewspapers.com

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