Posted Online: Jan. 10, 2013, 11:37 pm
Safe Harbor residents address concerns about liability
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By Sarah Ford, firstname.lastname@example.org
HAMPTON - Residents of the Safe Harbor housing development asked the village board on Monday to clarify liability when other residents use their property to gain access to the river.
They said outside residents use boat slips in the private development for ice-fishing.They were concerned about their liability if the ice breaks or someone falls on the rocks along the river in the privately owned area.
Residents told trustees people would have to go through the river channel to get to the area because there is no "walking public access" to the area. However, because the channel isn't frozen, they assume the fishermen are trespassing on their property to get there.
The homeowners said their biggest concern is littering and unleashed dogs, as well as "serious safety concerns" for the people on the ice and rocks.
Mayor Kevin Irby advised the homeowners to consult their legal team about the property lines, and post signs alerting to trespassing.
Until then, police can't make any arrests, he said, adding "Surveying that magic line" will be the first step in stopping trespassers. Police Chief Robert Fuller agreed.
In other action, the board:
- Approved a $2,300 contract with Jenkins Tree Service to trim trees in the right-of-way on 3rd Avenue and 6th Street, and 4th Avenue and 2nd Street, and to remove two trees across from the fire station. Trustee Tony Earl said he's afraid the trees or limbs will fall and be an expensive liability for the village.
- Approved setting the date for Hampton's 175th Birthday Celebration on May 25, with a rain date of May 26. The event will be held at the Heritage Center, and include a car show, fishing derby, live music and family activities. The board also approved a $500 contract with 3D Sound for the event.
- Learned fire chief Tim Saul has been interviewed for "Fire Chief Magazine," a national publication. Trustee Jim Garrison said the article will focus on Hampton's collaborative efforts with neighboring fire departments.