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Gray's fence must be lowered or relocated

D.C. Council Chairman Vincent C. Gray's black aluminum fence must be reduced in height or moved off of the public right of way, a city committee ruled Thursday.

In less than 30 minutes, the Public Space Committee determined that Gray's fence did not meet the standard for exceeding the District's 3-1/2-foot height limit on fences built in the public right of way.

"What we do here sets precedent," said Karina Ricks, a Department of Transportation official who leads the committee. "We try to hold very consistent, despite sympathies we might feel for property owners."

Gray, who did not appear at the hearing, was represented by former attorney general Robert Spagnoletti. After the hearing, Spagnoletti said he was "very surprised" and that "it appears the committee had made up its mind before we walked in."

Spagnoletti said he would consult with Gray on how to proceed.

By Washington Post Editors  |  May 27, 2010; 2:11 PM ET
Categories:  Ann E. Marimow , Vincent C. Gray  | Tags: vincent gray's fence  
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Comments

Maybe this will cause Gray to put DCRA reform at the top of his campaign platform. It's ticky rules and, worse, totally unclear standards and haphazard enforcement that homeowners and other have to deal with on a regular basis.

Posted by: ah___ | May 27, 2010 3:09 PM | Report abuse

Oh, and to be clear, I realize Public Space is under DDOT, which only adds to the confusion. DCRA can't set out sensible rules, or coordinate this process with DDOT.

Posted by: ah___ | May 27, 2010 3:10 PM | Report abuse

THIS IS ONE OF THE REASON WE NEED SOMEONE OTHER THAN FENTY AND GRAY RUNNING FOR MAYOR. ALL OF THIS OVER A FENCE BEING TO HIGH WHEN YOU HAVE PEOPLE LEAVING IN RUN DOWN APARTMENT BUILDINGS. TO MUCH TIME BEING WASTED BABYSITTING THIS TWO! AT THIS POINT A STRANGER COULD COME IN AND I WOULD VOTE FOR THEM!

Posted by: shadon1 | May 27, 2010 3:16 PM | Report abuse

Utter nonsense, a complete waste of taxpayer resources. The neighborhood ANC, who represents the neighbors, have already approved the fence. The Mayor is misusing the power of his office to levy a campaign battle at the taxpayers expense. This was not a very smart move on the part of Gabe Klein, in the event Fenty looses, and I think he will. Both he and Ms. Ricks will find themselves unemployed.

Posted by: concernedaboutdc | May 27, 2010 3:38 PM | Report abuse

OK... and now DCRA will be rushing out to inspect all properties owned by Fenty Administration officials and favored contractors for the same issues, right? Anyone wanna take a bet?

Posted by: nan_lynn | May 27, 2010 3:48 PM | Report abuse

DCRA needs to be inspecting the building at 329 Rhode Island Ave NE and figure out why they don't list it as 'vacant' and 'blight'. Both Fenty and Gray have been in our hood begging for votes--- I'll vote for Mickey Mouse since neither can get that building taken away from the owner (who claims to be fixing it up for the last 12 years!!!)

I say, do like Brewster's Million's and vote 'None of the Above'

Posted by: Aimhigh2000 | May 27, 2010 4:50 PM | Report abuse

I must be from another planet. While the youth of the city die in the streets on weekly basis combined with such issues as the HIV rate, educational & metro challenges that the city faces, government officials are hard at work fighting over the height of a fence. What an embarrassment.

Posted by: collocation | May 27, 2010 4:54 PM | Report abuse

Wow!

Posted by: drfields | May 27, 2010 7:11 PM | Report abuse

Wow!

Posted by: drfields | May 27, 2010 7:11 PM | Report abuse

This is another example of waste by the Fenty Administration that has put us $500 million in the red. "The past is prologue."

Posted by: Sunni11 | May 27, 2010 7:12 PM | Report abuse

The problem here is that few people, even those at the top levels of District Government, know what the rules are. Gray's mistake was his assumption that he didn't need a permit to build a new fence. Had he applied for a permit, he would shortly have discovered that he couldn't build whatever fence he wanted. The contractor who installed the fence should have had enough sense to warn him of the permit requirement.

The Committee treated Gray just as it would any other resident in the unfortunate position of having built, unintentionally, a structure that violated regulations. Had he been allowed to get away with his violation, the Committee would surely have been charged with favoritism to a high public official.


Posted by: jamckay | May 27, 2010 8:29 PM | Report abuse

This never would have been an issue had Gray not decided to run against fenty. Politics, pure and simple.

Posted by: schooletal | May 27, 2010 9:58 PM | Report abuse

This just shows how petty and full of BS Fenty really is. This mayor of DC has nothing better to use against Mr. Gray than a, too high fence. How sad. There is a $500 million budget issue that needs more attention, than a stupid cheap fence.

Posted by: fivetogo | May 28, 2010 5:03 PM | Report abuse

Last year, baseball tickets. This year, a fence. One more reason why AF and Company need to go! What happened to "Giving great weight" to the opinion of the ANC? Oh yeah, that's right, we are in an election year and the Public Space Committee is playing for job security. Is there no end to the childishness displayed by this Administration? We can only hope that voters will put an end to this madness in September. Go Vince!

Posted by: ssmd11 | May 28, 2010 8:08 PM | Report abuse

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