Summit Daily News
SUMMIT COUNTY - A sheriff's deputy was
called to a Keystone neighborhood for a dispute. The man who called police
told the deputy that he was in his backyard filling his bird feeder when a
stranger approached him and introduced himself as the HOA vice-president.
The VP told the man he needed to remove the temperature gauge affixed to his
tree because it was a common property tree. The man explained that he'd placed
the gauge there more than a year ago, and would like to see a complaint in
writing if he was violating an HOA bylaw. The VP then said he had the
authority to do whatever he wanted and removed the man's temperature gauge
from the tree himself.
When the deputy tracked down the VP to ask him about the squabble, he
explained that he'd taken the gauge home because it was broken and he intended
to replace it. He told the deputy he had the power to remove whatever did not
meet the rules from homeowners' properties, and that the police could not
"unsurp" his authority at the HOA vice president.
The deputy gave him a ticket for theft.
The VP asked the deputy if he would be at his court date, and the deputy said
he would. The VP said, "You had better be, if you're not, I will come
after you." Legally, of course, he said when the deputy asked if he was