LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI)-Matt & Alissa Phegley received a letter from their homeowner's association a couple of weeks ago telling them they were violating community guidelines by having a basketball hoop in their driveway.
"A year and a half ago we requested to do an in-ground hoop because we thought it looked nicer and it's a permanent structure it's not going to blow over from the wind," said Matt Phegley who lives in the Stones Crossing Homeowners Association area. "They denied that and I went to appeal it at the HOA meeting and they said we could go ahead and put a portable hood up instead."
Now the association is telling the family that hoop isn't allowed either. Something the Phegley's don't understand since several other homes in the area have similar basketball hoops on their properties.
"This isn't something that they should worry about," said Matt. "It's not hurting anybody. We have already talked to every single surrounding neighbor. The association asked me to ask if they would care if a basketball landed in their yard obviously no one cares."
We reached out to the HOA president Mark Jones for an interview but he did not grant us one. He sent us an explanation for the HOA's letter saying "The covenants in Stones Crossing section 4, the newest Section in the subdivision has stricter Covenants. Mr. Phegley is in Section 4." The president says the couple is in violation of section 6.2. But, when reading through that portion of the guidelines, it says nothing specifically about basketball hoops.
"Just because this section is newer and the houses are newer we have higher standards than the rest of the neighborhood," questioned Alissa Phegley. "The rest of the neighborhood has basketball hoops all over the place and it just seems like a double standard. We aren't allowed to have one but the rest of the neighborhood is?"
The couple has tried reaching out to have a conversation with the president but they haven't been successful and say that the HOA hasn't been communicating with them.
"For us to not even be able to get to the president to talk to him makes it really hard to get anything resolved," said Alissa.
They are hoping they can come to an understanding that the HOA can agree to.
"We don't expect them to just give up and say ok you can have it but can we meet you somewhere in the middle," added Alissa.
The petition the couple is currently circulating has close to 50 signatures from neighbors in favor of allowing basketball hoops. The HOA didn't give any specific reasoning as to why basketball hoops are allowed in some parts of the neighborhood but not others. To read through the guidelines set in place for section four of the Stones Crossing Home Owners Association click here.