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By LeAnn R. Ralph
COLFAX — The Colfax Zoning Board of Appeals has approved a variance for a chain link fence at 107 Viking Drive and 207 King Olaf Court.
The fence would be a four-foot color-coated chain link fence around the backyard of 107 Viking Drive that would extend onto the adjoining lot at 207 King Olaf Court, said Bruce Buckley, owner of the two lots, at a meeting of the Colfax Zoning Board of Appeals on July 7.
Buckley noted a house that was situated at 207 King Olaf Court burned down a year and a half ago and that he and his wife, Terri, have no plans to sell the empty lot in the near future.
The contractor who would be installing the fence has said that it would not be too difficult to move the fence should they ever decide to sell the lot, he said.
The chain link fence, which will be either black or green, will replace the existing vinyl fence at 107 Viking Drive, Buckley said.
The new fenced-in area will provide more space for the family’s two dogs, he said.
One of the dogs is a Goldendoodle, and it “digs, digs, digs,” Buckley said.
Sheila Riemer, deputy clerk-treasurer who attended the meeting in the absence of Lynn Niggemann, village administrator-clerk-treasurer, said the village had not received any comments about the chain link fence from the property owners who had been notified of the public hearing.
All together, 11 property owners were notified of the public hearing.
Buckley said he had talked to the closest adjoining neighbors and none of them had expressed any objections.
Under section 13-1-140 of the village’s ordinances, “no woven, twisted, welded or interlaced wire shall be located in a residential district, unless such fencing is ornamental in character.”
Mike Kiekhafer, chair of the Zoning Board of Appeals, noted that the BOA had approved a similar proposal for a chain link fence in March for Casey Peterson at 803 University Avenue.
Kiekhafer also noted that there are a number of chain link fences around residential lots in Colfax that have not applied for a variance and that have never come before the Zoning Board of Appeals for approval.
The Zoning Board of Appeals unanimously approved a motion to grant a variance for a color-coated chain link fence at 107 Viking Drive and 207 King Olaf Court.
In addition to Kiekhafer, the Zoning Board of Appeals includes Mark Mosey, Jason Johnson, Rich Bautch, and Gene Gibson.
Gibson was absent from the meeting.