Maine Alliance for Road Associations
THOMAS DECOSTE wrote:It is unfortunate, but theft and vandalism has increased at the homes and on our 22 miles of roads our association manages. We have received the approval from LURC and BPL to install a gate to protect our interests. In fact it seems as if they think it is a wise choice. My question is: Does anyone have suggestions on gate manufactures, types, and/or installers? We are researching the options and I'll bet some of you have some previous experiences which would be helpful. Thanks
I suspect that gating is not as much of an issue as control.
I've had a little experience here at the University with a gate to protect our farm road from trespassers at night. We are using an electric rolling gate installed by Brewer Fence Company.
Works ok but access and who gets keys is always an issue. Managing keys and or codes would seem to be the headache. Every time someone loans a key to a friend security is bypassed. Once a key or code gets passed around to a couple friends or relatives, you may as well leave it open. You could use a garage door type radio operator, but then when someone comes to visit, coming out to open the gate would be an issue.
It seems like a gate that could be operated via cell phone would be a great tool.
Just hang up one of those game cameras in the trees and monitor every vehicle that goes in and out. I think you can program those units so they re-write over the SD card when full, so if you have an issue, you can check the camera and see who is towing your snowmobile out the road.:)
THOMAS DECOSTE wrote:Our association has chosen the green gate. It will have a 20 foot opening and installed will be approx. $2500-2700 dollars. The lock issue, we hope, will be mitigated by "double pinning" the gate. This is where the lock mechanism has two locks and the gate can be opened by either of the two locks. We will have one lock which is keyed and the keys cannot be duplicated because it will be a proprietary blank only able to be ordered through the association and its locksmith. The other lock will be a combination lock which can be used for temporary access by loggers, real-estate agents, etc. This combination lock can be changed out at will without issuing new keys to all the lot owners.
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