Elderly Couple Want More Privacy

Ione and Bob Perry complain that a church next door isn’t treating neighbors as they would treat themselves.

Ione said, “Day and night they have something going on.”

For 50 years that hasn’t been a problem because of bushes planted by Ione that blocked the view of the Rockbrook Methodist parking lot near 99th Ave and Center streets.

However this summer the congregation removed most of the vegetation. Though cleaning up the strip of land between the lot and the Perry’s home it removed the natural barrier. Now the elderly couple see cars coming and going and a night some headlights shine right into their dining room and kitchen.

The church attorney said the church was acting on its own property. The statement from the attorney Thomas Ashby said rockbrook Methodist is trying to achieve something mutually agreeable.

The Perry’s said they have yet to be contacted with a long term solution. Ione Perry said, “I’d rather see a fence because I’m not gong to live long enough to see bushes cover this.”

A city inspector will look at their complaint. Omaha has a code passed in 1987 requiring new parking lots have a 4 foot high fence or barrier when next to residential zoning.

The Rockbrook church was built in the 1960’s so is likely grandfathered from that law.

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