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Chenequa residents warned about roads

Jan. 23, 2013

Village of Chenequa - Homeowners are being warned again about maintaining driveway entrances and private roads to their residences at a wide enough width for emergency vehicle access.

The Village Board last week amended a village code to clarify the definitions of some terms to make it easier to enforce existing standards for road width, according to Village Administrator Robert Douglas and Attorney Michelle Wagner.

The required width of a private drive, road, or driveway entrance depends on the location and configuration of the road or driveway, according to village officials.

The change in the code also serves to notify village residents that the village is not responsible if an emergency vehicle is unable to reach a residence because the driveway entrance or private road to the home is too narrow, Wagner added.

Douglas explained that with the exception of state and county roads and highways, nearly all of the roads in the village are considered private. The village is not responsible for maintaining the roads, but plows them during the winter in the interest of public safety, according to Douglas.

In addition to describing the minimum width for the roads, the village code always requires that trees, shrubs and other landscaping be trimmed along the road to enable emergency vehicles access along the road, said Douglas.

Douglas said the village has occasionally mailed letters to individual homeowners warning them about the code requirements when it became apparent that their private drive was either partially obstructed or too narrow for access by emergency vehicles.

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