NEW ALBANY, Ind. (WDRB) — Yard fences are separating extra than simply properties in New Albany — they’re dividing many residents on the subject of a metropolis ordinance.
Whether or not it’s aluminum, metal or wooden, the problem of fencing in backyards throughout the town has just lately come to the forefront of a debate.
In February 2019, the town banned any new building of chain hyperlink on personal properties within the metropolis. In November, it was dropped at the town council — which voted 2-7 in favor of preserving the ban.
“I have not seen a metropolis completely ban chain hyperlink, I imply, there are numerous subdivisions, sure, however not a whole metropolis. I’ve by no means heard of that in 30 years of being on this enterprise,” stated Tom Jarnagin, co-owner of EAC Fence.
A lot of the work Jarnagin does is in New Albany, however residents there have few choices now due to the ban — and it’s coming at a worth.
“I do not assume it is honest to the shopper as a result of it is taking away an enormous choice and a price financial savings,” stated Jarnagin. “Do they wish to pay $2,500 or do they wish to pay $5,000? I’m certain they might fairly go together with the cheaper route.”
Since January, lumber costs have jumped greater than 200% — leaving iron or vinyl as the one different choices.
It’s been making a barrier to the wallets of many residents who really feel they need to be capable to put up the kind of fence they need.
“Folks have private property rights and it is to most, like myself, it’s extremely sacred and the Authorities shouldn’t get in the way in which of every little thing a property proprietor desires to do with their property,” stated Councilman Josh Turner, of New Albany’s Fifth District. “It does not make sense for an individual to pay extra to safe their property once they can simply use chain hyperlink fence.”
Chain hyperlink that’s already in place is grandfathered in and doesn’t have to be changed — however any new additions don’t permit it.
New Albany residents have been sounding off on Fb to get the ban rotated, particularly as costs for supplies proceed to climb.
Many saying it’s their property and they need to be capable to safe it how they need.
“Particularly if I had kids or animals, pets, no matter. You might have to have the ability to preserve them in however you can also’t break your funds doing it,” stated Jarnagin.
Turner says the problem could seem in entrance of the council once more sooner or later.
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