Fagan Circle in Rosepine has some issues caused by rain water rushing through a space between properties, eroding the ground, and threatening the integrity of some residents' fences. This concern was addressed at the Town Council meeting on Thursday.

Fagan Circle in Rosepine has some issues caused by rain water rushing through a space between properties, eroding the ground, and threatening the integrity of some residents' fences. This concern was addressed at the Town Council meeting on Thursday.

Concerned resident, Chuck Canon, said, "With another few big rains, we are going to lose part of our fence."

In order to make space for machinery to come in and grade the land to remedy the problem, fences would have to be moved. In Canon's case, this would mean also removing a 15-foot-tall tree from his yard, all of which can be costly.

He said this problem did not arise until newer houses were built, which changed the grade of the land and caused the water to take a different route.

According to Steven Oxenhandler, town attorney, there is an easement of 15 feet, in which town equipment would enter to complete the work. Mike Numbers, director of Public Works said, "The property is within the easement by four feet."

Oxenhandler said it is the responsibility of the homeowner to know where the easement is located. Canon claims that when he bought the house in 2010, this information was not divulged to him, so he put up a fence, unaware. "We wouldn't have built the fence there if we'd known," he said. Canon left a "lawn-mover-sized gap" available.

Mayor Donna Duvall said, "We know you weren't aware of the right-of-way, but the equipment can't fit there and our people can't move fences. It's not just one fence, it's three fences."

The legal opinion of Oxenhanlder was requested by Duval. He said, "Each homeowner has to move fences so the town can do the work. Ignorance of an easement is not a reason to place responsibility on the town. I understand it doesn't seem fair, but it's not the city's fault. It is the fault of the folks who sold you the house. You can't expect the city to pay for moving fences."

The council concluded the dispute, deciding to begin the process by first notifying all effected homeowners. "It's a safety and a health hazard," said Oxenhandler. "All fences have to be moved."

The Town of Rosepine entered into an electric service agreement and a street lighting agreement with Cleco Power, LLC. This agreement will continue for the next 33 years. "Thank you for keeping us safe," said Duval.

A public hearing, with no public comment, was held concerning an ordinance granting Centerpoint Energy Resources Corp, Centerpoint Energy Louisiana Gas, the "right to construct, install, operate, and maintain facilities for the transportation, distribution and sale of gas in the municipality and, for such purposes, to use and excavate in the public highways, streets, sidewalks, alleys, squares, commons, grounds, and other publicly owned areas and levying a franchise (privilege) tax for that purpose." The council unanimously passed this ordinance.

A second public hearing, also with no public comment, was held concerning an ordinance to adopt an operating budget of revenue and expenditures for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2017 and ending June 30, 2018. This was also passed unanimously.