Friday, July 15, 2016

How one flag loving SD homeowner outsmarted his HOA

A few weeks prior to Memorial Day, Aspen Hills (SD) resident Alan Gross suggested installing a flagpole at the entrance to the community. But homeowners association board president Harvey Fayer denied the request.

The entry to Aspen Hills is a common area, and not on Alan Gross’ private property.

Fayer says that the matter needs to be put to a vote of all HOA members at the annual meeting, and if the majority approve of installing the American flag at the entrance to Aspen Hills, Gross can proceed with the board’s blessing.
But, that HOA meeting will not take place until September. Of course, by that time, Memorial Day, Flag Day, Independence Day, and Labor Day would have come and gone.
On that private plot of land, Gross and Ward put up a 20-foot flag pole with the American flag, a Trump for President campaign sign (Ward’s choice), and even a POW flag, at the request of another Aspen Hills resident. Then they took photos, and when they were posted on Facebook, Gross says the response was overwhelmingly favorable from his neighbors.
But Fayer says that Gross is not being a good neighbor, because he has defied the HOA’s decision instead of waiting until the end of summer to take a vote on the American flag display.
The HOA even had the audacity to send a letter to Ward, asking him to rescind his permission for the patriotic display. Of course, the HOA cannot do anything to force a removal of the display from private property owned by individuals outside of its boundaries.
Both Gross and Ward say that this is a matter of free speech, and have no plans to remove the display. Ward says the Trump sign will come down after the election.
Regardless of whether you choose to display the American Flag or how you plan to vote in the upcoming Presidential election, Independence Day is all about the freedoms that Americans have defended for more than 200 years.
What better way to celebrate those freedoms than to respect the First Amendment rights of your neighbors, and their right to display flags and political signs on their personal property?
In the article below, you can read some particularly outrageous statements from Aspen Hills HOA board. Be sure to read the comments at the end of the article, too. Article courtesy of Deborah Goonan

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