Council needs more info before taking sides on fence painting

There’s always two sides to every fence especially

when it comes to who should paint it.

There’s always two sides to every fence especially

when it comes to who should paint it.

Council requested more information before they

make a decision on whether they will direct staff to

paint a fence that faces village property.

Walter Despot, former Keremeos Mayor and current

chairman of Lower Similkameen Community

Services requested the village paint the side of a

fence facing the village office between the office

parking lot and Tumbleweed Terrace.

The fence is approximately 88ft long and requires

a clear coat to stop sun and weather beating.

Despot guessed the fence would only need to be

painted every two years.

“Sixteen people live in low income housing. We

keep it neat. That fence needs a second coat now or

we’re going to lose the fence to damage,” he said.

Mayor Bauer said the request would have to

be received in writing before council could make a

decision. He also requested staff to investigate the

number of other properties owned by the municipality

that are adjacent to land that is fenced.

“It is precedent setting. I don’t think it’s something

we can give a verbal yes to off the hip,” Bauer

said. Despot referenced the municipality’s recently

enacted Good Neighbour Bylaw and implored the

village to be good neighbours themselves.

“I realize this is precedent setting but how many

of your properties that the next door property is

fenced are next to not-for-profit societies?” Despot

asked. “”Again let’s go to being a good neighbour.”

A report about fences adjacent to village property

will be prepared for a subsequent council meeting.