Brian Kluth wanted to protect his neighbors and passersby on the street from balls flying out of his yard after he installed a multi-purpose sports court. So he strung nets above his privacy fence.
The nets enraged a neighbor, Ed Hura, who lives around the corner from Kluth.
Here is a map of the neighborhood.
Hura campaigned against the nets, saying they were hurting property values in their Pinon Valley neighborhood by making it look like a commercial/industrial district.
Hura fought the nets when Kluth sought permission to use them from the planning commission. He lost. Then Hura appealed the planning commission decision to the City Council. Again, he lost. The council said Kluth could keep the nets as long as he used telescopic poles and only left them up when kids were playing.
Hura remains angry and rebuffs every effort by Kluth to patch things up. Hura even vows to report Kluth to the city if he ever sees the nets up and no kids in sight.
For that reason, Kluth, a church pastor, has reached a painful conclusion: he probably will not put the nets up again. It’s the only way to keep peace in the neighborhood. Here is a photo of Kluth: