Gainesville Code Enforcement Officers want to weed out eye sores in the area. So, they're pushing for a new ordinance that would crack down on unkempt fences.
In a state where tropical storms and hurricanes visit almost every year, keeping your fence upright ... and not on its side ... can prove challenging. but Gainesville Code Enforcement Officers call rotten wood and rusty fencing a hazard. And Commissioners are taking up that issue this week.
Gainesville Code Enforcement Officer Rick Ward says, right now, Gainesville's Code Of Ordinances does not have any specific rules about walls or fences.
Ward says things like rusty metal, rotten wood and fallen fence line can be dangerous. And that problem, he says, deserves a solution.
Gainesville City Commissioners are set to vote on the proposed ordinance Thursday at their regular meeting.]
"I'm not sure where we would go yet on the fines. We have to get it first, cited, and then we would probably sit down since it's a new ordinance and we would talk with our supervisors to figure out what would be an appropriate fine."
New fines .... that property owners within GAINESVILLE city limits could face if the ordinance gets approval.
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