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Saranac Lake adopts new fence law

Part of this new fence erected at Gauthier’s Saranac Lake Inn at Lake Flower Avenue was being taken down Monday, June 25 after some residents complained in the local media.

Part of this new fence erected at Gauthier’s Saranac Lake Inn at Lake Flower Avenue was being taken down Monday, June 25 after some residents complained in the local media. Photo by Andy Flynn.

— •Barbed wire, electrical or similar materials or devices may only be used in conjunction with or as part of any fence for limited industrial and utility purposes. Any proposed fence that includes use of such materials shall require site plan review.

•No fence shall be permitted which is expressly designed with the intent to injure or maim anyone who attempts to climb such a fence.

•Fences and retaining walls shall not be erected in or encroach upon a public right-of-way.

•Existing stone retaining walls shall be preserved to the maximum extent practicable. Prior to the demolition or removal of a stone retaining wall, a demolition permit shall be obtained. The code enforcement officer shall only issue a demolition upon determination that the existing wall is unsafe and cannot be reasonably repaired.

•Retaining walls shall be constructed of natural or manufactured stone, concrete or wood.

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