Saranac Lake Members of the Saranac Lake Village Board Monday, June 25 tabled their adoption of a new fence law for the second time in a month.
Since unveiling the amended fence law in May, residents have commented on its regulations and asked many questions. Concerns include a 2-foot setback, temporary fencing for gardens and snow, and whether existing fences are “grandfathered.”
After their public hearing on May 29, Village Board members tabled the motion to approve the fence law pending revisions. And with those changes in hand June 25, trustees again decided to hold off. This time, board members are weighing questions arising from a new unpopular fence recently erected on the Lake Flower shoreline at Gauthier’s Saranac Lake Inn.
“As we all know, there’s been a lot of controversy surrounding the fence that has gone up at Gauthier’s, and quite frankly it brought up some issues that I hadn’t considered prior to this, and I think it would be prudent for us to step back and take a look again at what we’ve come up with and to get it right the first time,” said Trustee Barbara Rice.
Workers were seen taking down some of the fence at Gauthier’s on Monday.
During the public comment period at the June 25 meeting, two residents had questions and concerns about the fence law.
Helene Nessenthaler, of Lake Street, asked if putting up orange plastic snow fencing on the corner of her property would be OK. She has the temporary fence during the winter to protect her property from snowplow damage.
She also asked about deer fencing.
“We have a problem on Lake Street with deer,” she said. “And they nibble through the fences (on cedar trees, hydrangea and other plantings).”
“What about the hostas?” asked Mayor Clyde Rabideau. “They really go after the hostas.”