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Middle Beach Road Fence

Middle Beach Road Fence

Was a town meeting called re: Middle Beach rd new fence? Was it posted in the paper? Was an aesthetic committee for Madison involved? Is it going to be silver to blend in with the water like the original fence? I have heard an awful tale that none of this happened and a fence has been decided on by the town engineers to match Fence creek bridge????? Why? and How?  K MBC 

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sj August 17, 2012 at 05:46 PM
What a shame to put this up along one of Madisons most beautiful vistas and walkways without benefit of an aesthetics advisory committee. I have to agree with Herb.....one can hear the arrogance and defensivness in the "defenders" comments..after all to him it's only a fence
George August 17, 2012 at 10:49 PM
Is this discussion about a fence or a highway rail? If a rail and Federal funds are being used there are most likely guidelines factored into the design. While guidelines are are not always requirements, vehicles have gone off the edge of Middle Beach in the past therefore something structurally sound is necessary. The roadway repair was engineered and put out to bid very quickly. It's possible aesthetic consideration didn't go beyond standard details already on file. I'm curious to it's height. Most of the homes on the north side of the road have solid walls aligning the street. The rail may not be so obvious from the homes. Fence or highway rail,it is extremely dense. Hopefully, it won't be painted black nor will a child on the sidewalk try to climb those deep horizontal fins to get a view of the water.
Jon August 20, 2012 at 03:22 PM
? How many vehicles have gone off the edge, really? How about those people should not have a 6th drink at the Beach Club or shouldn't have been driving at 85 years old.
greg johnson August 20, 2012 at 11:50 PM
i attended the meeting today at 49 MBR with the Town Engineer and was appalled by the process he used to select a contractor, a design and a finish without once consulting the neighbors. He stated that there is nothing that can be done to challenge his unilateral decision. Two questions occurred to me: 1. Was the required three bid process used to select the conttractor for the "wall" (Mr McPherson's term)? 2. What will happen if the homeowners in the area petition in early 2013 to have their property taxes reduced because of the negative impact of this unsightly wall on their properties?
Matt August 21, 2012 at 12:52 AM
For those who were not there, can you explain what that process was? As for question #2, I'm sure we all know what the answer to that is. They'll jack the taxes up! Someone has to pay for the Griswold vacant lot and the mostly vacant senior center.

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