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City Council Study Session Agenda & Minutes

Thursday, April 30, 2020

April 30, 2020

6:00 P.M.
Virtual Meeting
A virtual City Council Study Session was called to order at 6:00 p.m. on the above date with the following members and staff present:
Mayor Gary Wheeler; Councilmembers Clay Bearnson, Kay Brooks, Tim D’Alessandro, Dick Gordon, Alex Poythress (left at 6:34 p.m.), Eric Stark (left at 6:34 p.m.), Kevin Stine (left at 6:34 p.m.), Michael Zarosinski; City Manager Brian Sjothun, Deputy City Manager Kelly Madding, City Attorney Rick Whitlock, Deputy City Attorney Eric Mitton, Deputy City Recorder Winnie Shepard
Electric Fence Ordinance
Principal Planner Carla Paladino presented a PowerPoint regarding a proposed Code amendment for electric fences. (PowerPoint attached.)
Proposed changes include:
  • Name change from “electric fence” to “electrified fence.”
  • Adding a definition.
  • Permits will be required through the building department. The fire department will conduct an inspection and retain the address and contact information on file.
  • Electrified fences shall have a non-lethal charge, comply with building code requirements, follow all Code and manufacturer instructions and be battery powered.
            Fence specifics:
  • Maximum height of 10 feet.
  • A six foot perimeter fence must surround the electrified fence.
  • Property must comply with landscaping requirements and fencing standards.
  • Warning signage posted in both English and Spanish.
  • Property owner/manager must provide access emergency personnel.
  • Cannot be active when the building is accessible to the public, must be part of a surveillance system and monitored 24 hours a day.
Ms. Paladino reviewed the current Code language and outlined the requests from the applicants. 
Councilmember Gordon requested input from the Police Department regarding the need of electrified fences within city limits.
Applicant Greg Lemhouse had requested the fence as a security measure to prevent crime. Creating a barrier will make it more difficult to access a property.
Applicant Michael Pate advised that the system runs on a 12 volt battery.  The signage and shock are both crime deterrents. The surveillance system can determine the breach within a 10-foot radius. The system is considered a verified alarm, preventing unnecessary police dispatch for non‑criminal activity and would be installed in high-crime areas. He outlined the aesthetics of the fences, noting they are not overly obvious, the signage is clear and electrified fences are required to have an audible sound.  He requested Council approve option 3.  
The distance between the perimeter fence and the electrified fence is typically 4 or 5 inches.  The perimeter fence may have 4-5 strands on top to prevent a person from climbing over. A person is criminally trespassing if they are able to touch the electrified fence. A person cannot inadvertently make contact.  
At Council’s request, staff will provide specifics of a “solid fence” in the proposed Code.
* Councilmembers Poythress, Stine and Stark left the meeting.
Mayor clarified that Council preferred option 3. There were no objections.
The meeting adjourned at 6:40 p.m.

Winnie Shepard, CMC
Deputy City Recorder

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