Construction crews on Wednesday began removal and replacement of the controversial chain link fence that had been installed along Tomahawk Road earlier this year.
Prairie Village Public Works project manager Keith Bredehoeft said the new fence – a log rail front with chain link backing — should be installed within the week.
The low bid for replacing the fence was $13,985, less than the $20,000 initially projected. The original black chain link fence presently being removed cost $20,000 to install. Bredehoeft said the chain link mesh from the original fence will be used as the backing for the new fence. The rails and posts from the original fence will be kept by Public Works for possible use in future projects.
The Prairie Village City Council voted in February to have the chain link fence replaced after persistent protest from neighbors who said they had not been included in the planning process for the project. Council members Al Herrera, Dale Beckerman, Diana Ewy Sharp and David Belz voted against the fence removal.