Deer Fencing to be Allowed in Hopatcong
Council passes ordinance to allow installation of temporary mesh fencing.
Hopatcong will soon allow deer fencing.
The question is where?
The borough council voted to pass the first reading of an ordinance allowing the construction of temporary deer fencing at Wednesday night's meeting at the municipal building.
The fencing, defined by the ordinance as a "square-mesh or hexagonal mesh fence, with the mesh size of approximately 2" by 2", used to protect gardens, vegetation, and yards from deer or other wildlife," will come with rules, however.
First, it will only be allowed to be installed in rear and side yards, according to the fencing.
- Can't exceed 8 feet in height
- Must be constructed of a "polypropylene material or a metal core covered by polypropylene material."
- Can't be "attached to trees and must be securely supported by posts or attached to existing fencing, and shall be installed in accordance with manufacturer specifications."
- Must be "staked or secured at ground level and may not have caps or rails or other decorative or non-fencing material at its top edge."
- Must be brown, black or green "to harmonize with surrounding landscape of the area."
The ordinance will soon be sent to the land-use board, which will determine if the borough should allow front-yard deer fencing.
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