DENHAM SPRINGS — Another crowd packed the City Council chambers Tuesday evening in a continued fight over a fence.
This time, the council voted 4-1 to rescind its decision last month to build a privacy fence between Kidz Korner Playland, a park developed to be accessible by children with special needs, and private residences on the other side of River Road.
Several people living across the road from the park have complained about the park’s effects on their privacy and said that visitors to the park sometimes loiter near private property, making the residents concerned about their safety.
A couple of the residents offered to pay for a large portion of the cost of a fence.
A letter to the council from the residents’ attorney said people in the neighborhood may have to ask a court to stop further use of city property for a park that was built by the Pilot Club.
Pilot Club members and other opponents of the fence have argued that a privacy fence would make the park less visible and less safe for the children who use it.
At the council’s last meeting, the council put off action to give the two sides a chance to work out a compromise.
Again Tuesday night, the opponents to the fence heavily outnumbered the proponents.
Unlike the last council meeting in which council members listened to speakers for two hours, this meeting included no public comment other than a show of hands asked for by Mayor Jimmy Durbin.
Councilwoman Annie Fugler, who has opposed the fence since the issue first arose, then made a motion that the council rescind its earlier decision to build the wooden fence.
Without comment, Councilwoman Lori-Lamm Williams cast the lone vote against Fugler’s motion.