HARVEYS LAKE — Lakeside Drive resident Jeffrey Algott asked Borough Council on Tuesday night to immediately remove a fence that was placed by neighbor Francis Kopko.
But Solictor Charles McCormick said the borough has “no authority to move onto private property.” McCormick added that the matter is being looked into by an impartial third party, Pasonick Engineering.
Kopko, of Pole 127, said he put up the fence because the Jeffrey and Mary Jo Algott, at Pole 126, have propane tanks on his property, leaving a liability issue for him and his wife, Margaret, who have lived on the property for the past 43 years.
Kopko also said that there was never a problem with the past owners, and that they never went on his property and always asked for permission if they did.
The Algotts have stated that the fence is hindering access to their basement, which houses their heating unit, creating an unsafe environment. The Algotts have also stated that the Kopkos have unsafe issues on their property.
One such issue, the Algotts said, was the storing of rain water in buckets, creating a breeding ground for mosquitoes.
Kopko, a borough councilman, responded that he immediately complied with the law, and has added holes to the bottom of the buckets. He said that the Algotts, however, have not complied with the law, as they have violations, such as an air conditioner compressor which is not three feet away from the property line, a satellite dish on the side of their house, which is also not three feet away from the line, and a fence that is not within the legal limits.
“They have an illegal non-conforming lot and a non-conforming structure,” Kopko added. He also said he and his wife have been “fearful of them (the Algotts ) taking over our property.”
The Algotts have said they feel that Kopko is being given preferential treatment because he is a councilman, which he denies. A hearing has been scheduled on the matter before a district judge at 9:30 a.m. Sept. 25.
The matter will be brought up at an Oct. 21 hearing.
In other matters, Fred Lubnow, of Princeton Hydro, gave a report on the status of the floating wetland islands.
Lubnow said that the five islands will be installed next spring, and that the state Department of Environmental Protection grant has been sent back in exchange for a no-cost time extension grant.
Also, Mayor Clarence Hogan said the Homecoming event raised $5,747, which will be donated to various organizations. The mayor also presented Joseph Reilly and family with a plaque of appreciation for their generous gift to the Homecoming Committee.
The next meeting of council will be on Oct. 15 at 7:30 p.m.