We asked Zeppieri if the city had ordered him to remove the fence.
Quite the contrary, he said, while providing a colourful opinion of the neighbours. He said the fence is well inside the property line, and that the sidewalk was built decades ago, partly on private property.
We watched as parents pushing strollers were able to pass the corner of the fence without the wheels skirting the edge. It’s narrower than city guidelines for sidewalks, but looks just wide enough to accommodate a wheelchair or motorized scooter.
The city’s transportation services department investigated, he said, and told him the corner of MacPherson and Marlborough needs to be reconfigured, at a cost of $ 250,000, but they don’t have the money to do it.
In the meantime, Zeppieri says, the city told him: “You do what you have to do.”
STATUS: Elio Capizzano, the area manager of right-of-way management, confirmed that they investigated and determined that the fence is indeed on private property. The city has no authority to order it removed, he said. And since the sidewalk is partly on private property, it looks like the neighbours will have to live with the fence.
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