Fenton Ice Rink Debate Returns

The Fenton Planning Commission recommended a proposed ordinance last week, while homeowners association voted against ice rink.

With colder weather on the way, the Fenton Planning Commission is recommending an ordinance on ice rinks in residential areas to city council.

John Jones, the property owner who built an ice rink in the Andover Woods subdivision in Fenton thanked the commissioners for acting quickly, saying the proposed ordinance is a framework that people can move forward with.

The city placed a temporary ban on ice rinks in residential neighborhoods.

If it doesn’t move forward, there will be a lot of unhappy little skaters, Jones added. He builds the rink because he sees its value for the children in the neighborhood, he said. Jones doesn’t live in Andover Woods but owns property there.

Fenton resident Malissa Bossardet, who was instrumental in having city council approve an also spoke on the proposed ice rink ordinance. The U.S. has more laws and regulations than any country in the world, Bossardet said.

She told the planning commission that she hopes they listen to Jones and his family. She believes the ice rink is very important, Bossardet said. It helps and she hopes Fenton adopts the ordinance on ice rinks in residential areas.

The proposed ordinance lists required setback distances. If an ice rink is 26 feet from the property line, it’s not considered to be in someone’s front yard, said Zoning Administrator Brad Hissong.

The planning commission approved recommending the ordinance to city council, 7-0. Two members were absent.

While the Planning Commission made the recommendation to approve the ordinance, the Andover Woods Homeowners Association has voted down Jones' ice rink, according to the Flint Journal.

The article stated that Jones is in process of putting a petition together in the neighborhood.

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Sean Rosekrans December 03, 2012 at 08:59 PM
I would not doubt this City would do that.
Katrina O'Connor December 04, 2012 at 04:12 PM
I live in this neighborhood and I would encourage this family to put together a petition. I have a feeling they would find alot of support ..... agaist the associations decision. This whole thing is just rediculous. I think that people have to much time on their hands. Let this family enjoy something together. Why put a gray cloud over it....give me a break
Julie December 04, 2012 at 06:29 PM
Let them build the rink! It's not like it stays there year around like the disgruntled neighbors that live there! It's for the kids! Ban ice rinks, then what's next, basketball goals? No, that won't happen because the angry neighbor who started all of this has one of those in his driveway!
Lenny Haise December 04, 2012 at 09:22 PM
I could not count the times I have read " we need some thing for the kids to do in Fenton". On a small scale someone out of the goodness of his heart does so and is told no way. Unbelievable!
Kristie Easler Trapp December 05, 2012 at 08:35 PM
What is this hurting? Is the sound of laughter and whoops of delight painful to your ears? I am floored that people, no doubt those who lament "young people today," their obesity and laziness, would oppose some good old fashioned fun for kids.


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