Fence becomes a real problem

I've followed closely the dispute between neighbors on Forest Ridge Drive recently involving the erection of a front yard fence.

For those not familiar with the situation, a resident in the 3400 block of Forest Ridge decided to put up a fence in his front yard. One of the reasons reported was to give his dogs a place to roam. Security apparently is not a reason for this particular fence.

Thwarted in his attempt to put up a chain link fence, the neighbor then decided to use a variety of unconventional (but apparently permissable) residential fencing.

Albany city commissioners voted last week to outlaw the front yard fences, but apparently this newly-installed fence on Forest Ridge will be grandfathered and allowed to remain.

For the sake of full disclosure, I lived in that neighborhood for many years. It's filled with good folks, most of them who take pride of their homes and lawns.

And, I understand the need to tread carefully when you start telling people what they can do with their property. Individuality and creativity should be encouraged.

But, in this case, allowing the fence to remain is just wrong. When you do something that negatively impacts the property values and quality of life of your neighbors, it's wrong.

Many neighborhoods have covenants written in the deeds to restrict unsightly additions. Some of them are quite restrictive, even limiting homeowners to the choice of color for their exterior trim.

Apparently there were no covenants restricting the front yard fence on Forest Ridge.

In you want the freedom to fence to your heart's desire, I still think you should move way out in the country. Otherwise, conforming to residential norms is part of the price you pay for living in the city.

DUBAI VISIT: Catherine Glover, CEO of the Albany Area Chamber of Commerce, just returned from a trip to Dubai which was arranged and financed by the Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

Dubai is one of the seven emirates of the United Arab Emirates. It's located south of the Persian Gulf on the Arabian Peninsula and has become a globally-significant city in the past decade because of its unprecedented growth.

Most people attribute the growth to oil money, but Glover said oil is responsible for about 20 percent or less of Dubai's economy. It's become one of the most visited sections of the world.

Glover said she is working to develop contacts made during her trip.

"The lessons I've learned regarding the global economy, international business opportunities, professional development and leadership are priceless," she said.

Glover also is planning a slide show to share her experiences.

NEW BUSINESS: Timothy Conlon and Renee Hrachovina have opened The Computer Nerd, a computer services company which features on-site service.

Conlon said the new company offers setup and repair work, virus removal, hardware/software installs, networking and more.

Conlon has been working in the computer business with other companies during the past seven years. He hopes to open a retail location within a few months.

ON THE JOB: The On the Job feature continues to generate considerable favorable comments from readers. I've enjoyed doing it because it allows me to get to know more about folks who are out there every day operating businesses.

Today's article on Chuck Knight is a good example. If you read the Q&A, you'll learn that not only is Knight a good businessman, he's also a good family man who loves young people and his church.

Danny Carter can be contacted at (229) 888.9346 or e-mailed at danny.carter@albanyherald.com.