Welcome to Southern Hills in Fairport, NY

I didn’t think I was the type to post to RottenNeighbors.com but that was before I checked the mail yesterday.

I opened letter that included signatures from two of our neighbors, Barbara and Jeff Barteld who, since July have been publicly stating displeasure over the fact that Tracy and I fenced in our back yard.

The Bartelds have had county officials from the building and permits office and from the public works department out to visit the property and the fence project on multiple occasions. Everything was legal and cool with the town each time.

Read on… Below the photo of our yard is the text of the petition that arrived yesterday along with a link to the .pdf version.

Southern Hills, Fairport, NY

November 14, 2008

Mr. & Mrs. Blevins
6 Brackley Circle
Fairport, NY 14450

Dear Mr. & Mrs. Blevins,

In the 20 years since our community, Southern Hills, was developed, we have enjoyed a proud tradition of family oriented community, full of friendly neighbors, and with lots of children and pets enjoying each others company while respectful of each others properties. It is with this proud tradition in mind, that we, your neighbors, are so disappointed with your choice to install such a massive fence.

As you may have noticed, Southern Hills is largely void of fences. The ample yards and the beautiful rolling landscape create a lovely “park-like” setting that has come to identify Southern Hills. Any fences that have been installed are typically small and/or close-set to the house. Usually as small yards for pet safety. Of course, many others have chosen to use invisible fences for pet safety. The stark contrast created by your fence, however, creates a disruption to the Southern Hills identity. Especially a stockade fence, which creates isolation, and gives the impression that you don’t wish to be part of our community. This fence divides our once-beautiful open area in the dozens of back yards bordered by Cannock Drive, Kirkby Trail, Brackley Circle, Chenin Run and Chardonnay Drive.

Neighbors spoke with you as you were considering installing your fence, and shared the community view on fences. Still others felt strongly enough to create and sign a petition, which we have attached to this letter. [Download the .pdf file of the letter and petition.] In the spirit of maintaining the proud tradition of Southern Hills, we respectfully request that you remove this fence. If you are unwilling to consider this, please at least landscape around the fence to soften its stark appearance.

We hope you will view this note and petition in the manner it was intended, as candid and honest feedback from neighbors who care deeply about their community. Most of all, we are hopeful you will act on this feedback.

Sincerely,

Your Neighbors

cc: Jim Smith, Perinton Town Supervisor

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Southern Hills Petition

FREEDOM KNOWS NO FENCES

We, the undersigned neighbors of Southern Hills, hereby protest the installation of a stockade style fence at 6 Brackley Circle. The Southern Hills neighborhood has a proud 20+ year tradition, built upon respect of each other, our families and our properties. Throughout these years, the Southern Hills neighbors have enjoyed the bonds of community, while free of the bonds brought by fences or boundaries. Each of our neighborhood members has taken great pride in their properties, attentive to details of lawn and garden, yet open for all to enjoy.

The undersigned neighbors of Southern Hills, respectfully request the immediate removal of this fence.

Karen Wilson
1 Brackley Circle
Fairport, NY 14450

Lee Jacobs
2 Brackley Circle
Fairport, NY 14450

Denise Rainey
4 Brackley Circle
Fairport, NY 14450

John Holloway
40 Cannock Drive
Fairport, NY 14450

Amy Holloway
40 Cannock Drive
Fairport, NY 14450

Mary Posella
48 Chardonnay Drive
Fairport, NY 14450

Michelle Brienzi
58 Chardonnay Drive
Fairport, NY 14450

Barb Barteld
59 Chardonnay Drive
Fairport, NY 14450

Jeffery Barteld
59 Chardonnay Drive
Fairport, NY 14450

Danielle Barteld
59 Chardonnay Drive
Fairport, NY 14450

Meghan Barteld
59 Chardonnay Drive
Fairport, NY 14450

Corinne Dercola
60 Chardonnay Drive
Fairport, NY 14450

Mike Dercola
60 Chardonnay Drive
Fairport, NY 14450

Alicia Culpepper
61 Chardonnay Drive
Fairport, NY 14450

Jonathan Culpepper
61 Chardonnay Drive
Fairport, NY 14450

Susan Lewis
63 Chardonnay Drive
Fairport, NY 14450

Paul Lewis
63 Chardonnay Drive
Fairport, NY 14450

Jeff Stanek
64 Chardonnay Drive
Fairport, NY 14450

Nancy Pallatto
65 Chardonnay Drive
Fairport, NY 14450

Robert Frustaci
69 Chardonnay Drive
Fairport, NY 14450

Stacey Pollack
71 Chardonnay Drive
Fairport, NY 14450

Joseph Dragicevich
90 Chardonnay Drive
Fairport, NY 14450

Cerise Dragicevich
90 Chardonnay Drive
Fairport, NY 14450

Janet Sary (Lang)
67 Chenin Run
Fairport, NY 14450

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69 Chenin Run
Fairport, NY 14450

Catherine Gilligan
71 Chenin Run
Fairport, NY 14450

B. J. Y
73 Chenin Run
Fairport, NY 14450

Lori Webster
5 Kirkby Trail
Fairport, NY 14450

Lee Jones
11 Kirkby Trail
Fairport, NY 14450

Donna-Sue Cianciotto
12 Kirkby Trail
Fairport, NY 14450

Cris Betlem
2 Kirkby Trail
Fairport, NY 14450

Cindy DeRusso
20 Kirkby Trail
Fairport, NY 14450

Doris Nowicki
21 Kirkby Trail
Fairport, NY 14450

Gail Grant
4 Kirkby Trail
Fairport, NY 14450

Andy Jasie
14 Wedmore Road
Fairport, NY 14450

Sue Jasie
14 Wedmore Road
Fairport, NY 14450