Property owner’s fencing request to town referred to future budget talks

by Keith Corcoran

A Bridgewater resident's request to the town to fence a boundary between his private property and public park property will be up for discussion during Bridgewater's 2021-22 budget deliberations.

The unnamed resident is concerned about current trespassing and "possible damage to his property created by the basketball court being located closer to the property line," said Bridgewater's chief administrator, Tammy Crowder, in a written report to council.

"Previous discussions between staff and the property owner indicate that, prior to this project, concerns existed as the property line was not fenced and trespassing occurred," noted Crowder.

There is currently no fencing between the town park land and private properties bordering it.

The area in question is near the corner of Bridgewater's North Park Street and St. Phillips Street. Work is taking place on the intersection, and the municipal park layout in the vicinity is changing.

"The issue of trespassing is not the result of the intersection work. It is a pre-existing condition and, as such, [the province's Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal] will not consider it part of the project being funded," Crowder said. The province did commit to slope the basketball court to mitigate balls bouncing onto a neighbouring property.

Bridgewater estimates the fencing will cost in the range of $12,500.

During discussion on the issue, Mayor David Mitchell suggested the private owner should assume some responsibility for the cost, given it's not a pre-existing situation. Council has deferred the issue, and Mitchell anticipates the matter will be raised during next year's budget talks.

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