Disabled vet, HOA at odds over sidewalk improvements

Disabled vet, HOA at odds over sidewalk improvements
September 25, 2013 5:03:31 PM PDT
A disabled veteran is in a new battle with his homeowners association. He made improvements to his driveway, but the HOA says his original request was denied.

Over the years, weather and a tree turned Howard Turner's pebble sidewalk into cracked and buckled fragments.

"It was starting to get over to the point that it was washing out under my driveway every time it rained," he said.

The Vietnam War veteran sent in $10 for a permit to improve the problem but was denied.

"If I let it go, then it's going to cause major damage to my driveway," he said.

So Turner paid a company $800 to remove the old sidewalk and widen his driveway five feet. It's the exact improvement his next door neighbor made several years ago.

"And that's when they started sending me letters, saying no, you are going to pull this up and you're going to replant grass there," Turner said.

We contacted Chaparral Management, which runs the HOA for Three Lakes in Tomball. They sent us this statement:

"There has been some confusion on the request for improvements Mr. Turner submitted and what was actually done. We're happy to reopen his case and reevaluate the improvements he's made to his residence."

Turner says all he has ever requested is for someone to come out and let him explain his improvements.

"I just want this resolved to where they're not hassling me all the time," he said.

Turner says an HOA representative is scheduled for a meeting at his home on Friday.

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