Town Manger Greg Clifton said Wednesday that while he has received some complaints of prairie dogs in the urban boundary, he wouldn’t call it a major problem, and that the fence is intended to keep it from becoming a problem.
At its March 30 work session, the Ecology Commission looked at several prairie dog migration inhibition alternatives presented by Public Works Project Manager Karen Guglielmone.
The first alternative included the building/planting of a solid brush/shrub barrier along Mahoney Drive at the Pearl Property fence line. A second, more expensive option included the installation of a three-foot wide sidewalk along the west side of Mahoney Drive with a short wall on the west side of the sidewalk. For Guglielmone, this alternative would be less desirable because of the snow removal practices in Bachmann Village.
While a silt fence will require a lot of maintenance and upkeep, the commission decided it was the preferred alternative as it could be installed quickly.
Clifton said the silt fence recommendation is likely to go before council at its meeting on April 19.