I am a single mom of five kids and 3 have autism. My town only allows 3 foot fences and I want to have a four foot fence in my yard to give me one more line of protective defense that seems more inhibitively daunting than a mere three feet. This is to prevent them from escaping and running off into the woods near my home where there are hunters all the time. Due to their disability they have little regard for personal safety and since there are three it is at times difficult to keep an eye on all of them a the same time since they each require so much special attention; and it is only myself that is there to provide it. My town thinks that if they allow me waaaay out in the country on some farm road four feet that someone in the village may put up four feet and that would be "unattractive" or too high for visibility in SOME areas of the town ( like little street corners in the village). This is the reasoning behind their stringent code. They are also concerned that I will not be able to maintain such a fence due to my kids and the wear and tear. My argument is of course, they will allow me a 3 foot fence so the point is henceforth moot. I will have to maintain a fence wether it is 3 foot or four foot. They have asked what alternatives I have considered so i would not need this extra foot of fencing height. Do they mean like intstalling an alarm system? Shackleing my kids to thier beds? I think that was outlawed many moons ago and Child Protective Services may have something to say about that. I could bar my only front entrance and use only my swamp land back yard and put up a six foot fence back there and have us all trapse through that like "Little House on The Prairie" only with NY state winters to enter my house with all my kids in tow. They said I could do that but wouldnt that be dangerous too in blocking first floor escape in case of emergency? It seems unresonable for such a resonable request to be denied and I need help when I go before the committee that told me today that my need will be hard to prove and they will be hard pressed to approve such a simple thing to a family who struggles daily and is always in crisis mode. All I wanted was a little extra piece of mind. When a code violates my ability to adequately protect my children and for a mere one feet of fence to them that could make a world of differnece to me, we all need to stand up for change.
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