May 8, 2011 11:48 PM by Chris Welty
BOSSIER CITY, La. (AP) - A Bossier City couple's big banner
supporting their son's service in Afghanistan has brought a lawsuit
from the subdivision's homeowner's association.
The multicolored banner bears a Marine Corps portrait of
20-year-old Corey Burr and the sentence "Our son defends our
Jodi Burr and her husband, Timothy, put up the sign in January,
after Corey's deployment.
The Gardens of Southgate Association has sent her letters saying
the banner violates neighborhood agreements that allow only real
estate signs. Burr said she has never had any response to repeated
requests to meet with the association.
On March 18, Burr got a notice from the association's attorney,
Geoffrey Westmoreland: if the sign wasn't down within 10 days, she
might be sued.
A statement from his office said Westmoreland and the committee
that enforces the neighborhood covenant support the sign's message
and are thankful for Corey Burr's service. But those have "nothing
to do with the current legal dispute involving the sign," the
Association president T.K. Mastny declined comment because the
case is continuing.
The family's attorney, Lane Pittard, said the Burrs asked for an
exemption that would let them keep the sign up for the 14 months
Corey was deployed.
The association responded last week: if 90 percent of the
homeowners agree, the covenant can be changed to allow signs. The
developer still owns several lots and would have a 3-to-1 vote on
his lots, Burr said.
She said she did not want to accept the offer, but had not made
a decision with her husband yet.