Williston Park board amends fence height law

Jed Hendrixson
The Village of Williston Park board. (Photo by Rebecca Klar)

Some residents in the Village of Williston Park will no longer need to go through a lengthy process to make changes to their fences.

Under previous village code, residents seeking to erect a new fence or raise an existing one were required to submit plans to village subcommittees, often requiring a $400 application fee.

At the Board of Trustees meeting on Monday night, Mayor Paul Ehrbar and the board voted to “streamline” the process in an effort to reduce property adjustment burdens to residents.

The law passed unanimously. Immediately following the vote, the board adopted a resolution to set a fee schedule of $100 for the type of work that the law affects.

The board also received a presentation from the Herricks Association of Girl Scouts Troop 1106, who plan a painting project in the village for their Silver Award, the highest award a cadette can receive.

To earn their badge, the Scouts plan to go door to door in the village and request permission to paint the number address associated with the home on the curb, to better identify homes for first responders.

The Scouts’ plan is to paint the numbers of all homes from Foch Boulevard to Park Avenue, between Center Street and Lafayette Street, eight blocks in total.

Former Mayor Doreen Ehrbar, wife of Paul Ehrbar, said that the curb painting is very common in states like Texas, and are sometimes adorned by the lone star or a symbol.

The troop had planned on painting the numbers in black over a white field, but trustee Michael Uttaro, a Nassau County assistant chief fire marshal, suggested white numbers on a black field would be more visible to emergency responders.

Paul Ehrbar said that securing permission from residents will be a large part of the project, and recommended delivering letters and knocking on doors on more than one occasion to ensure that as many residents as possible get involved.

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