PLEASANT VIEW -- Wadman Nature Park needs fencing on the north and east sides, Public Works Director Paul Ellsworth told the city council recently.
Ellsworth said a green-waste area used by the city also needs to be fenced, and the low quote the city received for fence around the green-waste area is $7,860, from Brimhall. The area is not used for public green-waste dumping other than on city clean-up days.
"It is expected the Nature Park fencing will be more than $10,000," City Administrator J.J. Allen said, adding that the fencing is needed because some adjoining property owners use Wadman Nature Park property at 400 W. 4300 North.
"We need a dividing line," Mayor Doug Clifford said. "Some property owners homesteaded on the property to the extent of having watering systems, gardens and playground equipment on the property."
Councilman Michael Humphreys said such fencing would cost more than $20,000. He suggested the city consider using some other type of fencing material that may be more cost-effective, such as netting or strands of wire.
Ellsworth said the fence is not required to be chain-link.
"One challenge with fences at all is it is a wildlife-active area," Community Development Director Bruce Talbot said. "If you put a fence in there, you're putting up a boundary, but if you don't do that, residents will say you built this park and now I have wildlife tromping through my property. Remember that Wadman Park is a wetland mitigation area. You have to control it, so a boundary fence has to be part of it to control that area there."
"For more than a year we have been talking about the need for a fence," Allen said. "We've been talking chain-link and haven't really explored other options, but there are other options."
Clifford said Ellsworth should accept the lowest bid on the fence around the green-waste area, and in the meantime the city will study options for the fencing on the north and east sides of Wadman Nature Park.