Town of Abington, MA
Plymouth County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town of Abington 4-3-2006 ATM by Art. 8.[1] Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
General penalty — See Ch. 1, Art. I.
Property maintenance — See Ch. 122.
Zoning — See Ch. 175.
[1]
Editor's Note: This Article also superseded former Ch. 63, Fences, comprised of Art. I, Dangerous Fences, derived from Ch. 9, Sec. 8, of the 1992 Town of Abington Bylaws, added by Art. 14 of 1999 ATM; and Art. II, Electrical Fences, adopted 4-7-2003 ATM by Art. 28.

§ 63-1 Responsibility of property owners for dangerous fence; deadline for completion of work.

Should the presence of an otherwise lawful fence create a clear and present danger to the general public, it shall be the responsibility of the property owner to remedy the situation. The Fence Viewer may set a deadline for the completion of such work. If a fence is not repaired or removed pursuant to a determination of the Fence Viewer, the delinquent property owner shall be subject to all remedies and costs authorized by MGL Chapter 49.

§ 63-2 Responsibility of property owner for erecting fence; deadline for completion of work.

Should the lack of a lawful fence create a clear and present danger to the general public, it shall be the responsibility of the property owner to erect a lawful fence or otherwise remedy the situation. The Fence Viewer may set a deadline for the completion of such work. The presence of, or lack of, clear and present danger to the general public shall be determined by a majority decision of the Fence Viewer, Fire Chief and Police Chief.

§ 63-3 Powers of Fence Viewer.

The Fence Viewer shall be allowed to take any necessary actions in order to accomplish the duties of the Fence Viewer in a safe and timely manner.

§ 63-4 Conditions and specifications.

Low-voltage electrical "security" fencing with a maximum of 12 volts, primary voltage, may be permitted within areas of Abington zoned for non-residential use; and in the event a person, firm, corporation, or other entity erects electrical fencing in a permitted zone, the following conditions and specifications shall apply:
A. 
An electrical fence shall be no higher than 10 feet tall from its lowest electrical point;
B. 
An electrical fence shall be completely surrounded by a non-electrical fence or wall, that fence/wall must conform with all existing regulations;
C. 
The surrounding non-electrical fence/wall shall be separated from the electrical fence by at least six inches at the closest point between the electrical fence and the non-electrical surrounding fence/wall;
D. 
And electrical fence shall be equipped with an emergency "shut off" in a location readily accessible to emergency personnel;
E. 
An electrical fence shall be identified as such at least every 30 feet.

§ 63-5 Livestock fencing.

The above regulation (§ 63-4) shall not apply to electrical livestock fencing, which may be permitted within all areas of Abington, under the following conditions:
A. 
An electrical livestock fence shall be identified as such at least every 60 feet;
B. 
An electrical livestock fence must comply with all other fence regulations.

§ 63-6 Fee.

The Fence Viewer shall be entitled to assess a fee for his/her services in accordance with MGL Ch. 49.