Aldermen agreed to install a fence around the Pacific Community Garden located on the north side of the 200 block of East Congress Street.

Community garden organizers requested a fence to help stop the disappearance of produce and tools from the garden.

Some 25 local gardeners participate in the community project, tilling and planting 53 raised 4- by 8-foot garden plots.

Susan Cunningham, garden spokesperson, previously asking aldermen to consider installing a large fence.

Because the garden is visible and has no onsite organizers, Cunningham said people have been helping themselves to produce and local children have carried tools to a nearby lot and left them.

Recently, organizers posted a small sign at the front of the garden that reads, “If you didn’t plant, please don’t pick.”

Speaking at the Sept. 17 board meeting, Ward 1 Alderman Ed Gass said the city should install a fence.

Alderman Mike Pigg agreed, but said the popular community project is sure to grow over time and suggested the city fence the entire lot that has been assigned to the garden.

Gass made a motion that City Administrator Harold Selby contact J & J fence to get the cost of installing a fence around the perimeter of the entire community garden lot.