Skip to comments.Neighbors Want Family's Handicap Ramp Removed
Posted on 08/12/2013 8:58:30 PM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks
A handicap ramp in front of a Fountain family's house is in the middle of a neighborhood squabble.
Vincent and Heidi Giesegh say their neighbors are threatening legal action if they don't remove the ramp. They say the next door couple is worried that the ramp will hurt the value of their home. The Giesegh's say they need it for their 16 year old daughter Kirsten who has Cerebral Palsy.
"As she goes into her spastic modes, we could just tumble down the stairs and both of us could get massively hurt," said Heidi Giesegh.
The Giesegh's neighborhood doesn't have an HOA, and the family says the City of Fountain told them it was ok to install the ramp and widen their driveway for a handicap van. 11 News went next door to get the neighbor's side of the story and they told us no comment.
"It's kind of irritating," said Vincent Giesegh. "I mean we're trying to do our best to assist our daughter with her daily needs to get in and out of the house."
The Giesegh's home is part of a community under construction. We reached out to the home's builder and they say they've also received complaints from the neighbors.
The Giesegh's say they've contacted the Rocky Mountain American Disability Center for help.
If it looks like hell the neighbors could help get a good looking one if that is the issue, but the girl has needs and the reasonable use of a way to get into the home.
I know some things can be an eye sore if they make it badly, was that the case here?
nope - concrete, well constructed, with a handrail.
neighbor gets a$$ of the year award.
No HOA then the neighbors have no say. People have to mind their own business.
If the neighbor doesn’t like the look of the ramp, he can spring for a wheel chair lift.
People never cease to amaze me. The neighbors don’t even have the balls to talk to the media. You would think they would speak if they believed their cause was just. They ain’t talking because they know they are dead wrong. Too late. The rest of the World already knows they are heartless asshats.
Tabloid garbage to get people’s emotions stirred up. I bet the thread will go to 500 replies, especially if I say that I could care less (sic!) !
I bet the neighbors are Obama voters.
I personally think that they should be publicly shamed and shunned wherever they may go.
Do you have a link to a better alternative?
NO ONE is more than a traffic accident away from needing a ramp or more.
Karma can be a cruel b!tch.
Someone needs to tie that neighbor’s rear-end into a wheelchair for a week. They would have a different opinion after only a day, but only if they have a brain and a heart..... Which may be asking too much.
I broke my leg a month ago. I have always had compassion for those that are handicapped. Now I have even more compassion. It is hard out there to navigate up curbs, over thresholds and go long distances. It is exhausting.
Some shrubbery and flower beds could easily hide it. It looks relatively new, so many just not done yet. Or better yet, the neighbors volunteer to help the family install said plantings.
neighbor gets a$$ of the year award.
Without a picture, I am going to disagree here. An "afterthought" handicap ramp almost always looks awful. But, they are usually constructed of wood and are clearly temporary structures. When the need for the ramp ends, the ramp is dismantled and the eyesore is gone.
An afterthought concrete ramp is still an eyesore, but it is permanent.
I would have no problem at all with my neighbors building a temporary handicap ramp, but a serious problem with property value degradation if they built a permanent concrete one.
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Before you start thinking this is unreasonable, DW and I are getting up in years, and I built a concrete handicap ramp into our retirement house. It is inside the garage and being part of the original design is not an eyesore. Not only that, but we keep the garage closed and no one even knows it is there.
We don't need it yet, but if we ever do it is available. And, anyone using the ramp is protected from the weather all the way into the car.
A little forethought and an eyesore can be turned into an asset.
Even with a HOA. They get to keep the ramp.
I don’t disagree,just saying the neighbors don’t have any right to say anything and they might under an HOA which could have restrictions on the type of ramp that’s there.
Yet the ADA would require the sales office to be handicap compliant.
The “neighbors” need to get a life.
What could these people be complaining about?
Discrimination against a disabled person without cause can be costly.
sounds like that neighbor needs some of cousin Joey’s”sensitivity training”
I vote the neighbors for the “Insensitive Heartless Too-Much-Time-On-Their-Hands Moonbat” award. What do the ghouls expect???? They want the young woman to crawl in and out of her home? I’d bet the neighbors are nobama voters.
It looks they've already put in a planter bed with small plants - takes time to grow, but will provide cover up the cement wall -
so it looks like these people have spent a LOT of money having a professional ramp build and have put in plants. What more do these stupid neighbors want?
Even an HOA could not make them remove it.
The use of disability access ramps, sometimes referred to as handicap accessibility ramps, is governed by the Americans with Disabilities Act. Enacted into law in 1990, the Americans With Disabilities Act (or ADA for short) places very specific requirements on builders to allow easier access to those with disabilities. All new construction projects must meet the ADA standards when building disabled access ramps. -eHow
I have twisted my ankle badly enough to need crutches. It is tiresome going from one place to another in those. I can’t imagine what it’s like rolling your own wheelchair on a permanent basis.
I had a similar experience. I teach a class at my kids’ high school and one of the kids in the class is wheelchair bound with a degenerative muscluar disease that will be fatal before he’s 30. We went on a class trip in ddowntown Philadelphia, seeing various historic sights. iI’d never properly appreciated the wheelchair ramps at every corner until then.
They can go pound sand - they never heard of the ADA ...
That’s it, really?
Put some shrubbery in front it. Paint the railing the same color as the House Trim. Plant a Tree in the front yard. The Ramp would blend right in.
Where are those Yard Crasher guys from the DYI Network when you need them? Better yet, where is Vanilla Ice?
At least 25% of the houses in my neighborhood have ramps.
They need to get an ADA lawyer-piranha.
I broke mine on July 31st. I’m sure glad I added a “utility ramp” when I built my deck ... I’ve been using it a lot lately.
The neighbors lose, and are a-holes to boot
From looking at the pic at the site, well made professionally made concrete ramp and railing. What’s the beef?
I don’t think even an HOA can trump the ADA lol.
If they want some of those pink plastic flamingos to put in front of it, my neighbor has some in their yard I would be more than happy to donate.
That's the ramp and the neighbors complain about it? I woudn't call them neighbors. I'd call them @ssholes. My wife was born with cerebral palsy. She used forearm crutches up until a couple years ago when she took a bad fall and we bought a wheelchair. I guess these "neighbors" want the young lady to just stay in the house the rest of her life. This kind of petty crap infuriates me.
The owners should paint a Handy cap logo on their driveway just for good measure.
The neighbors need to be dragged out of their homes and sent to a labor camp for the rest of their miserable lives.
Karma can be a cruel b!tch.
I don't see how having a wheelchair-bound person in the neighborhood could possibly affect property values. Makes no sense.
Anyone who utters the words "it will reduce property values" is pretty much an asshat, if the item of contention does not create or increase either health hazards or safety hazards.
I guess I will be the fly in the ointment here...but that ramp is hideous-looking. While it may serve its noble purpose (and a ramp SHOULD be allowed to be “present” of course), the design is awful.
It is in a residential neighborhood, and looks like something in front of a 80’s era Post Office. A simple Google search provides dozens of beautiful designs that would fit in with the “look” of the home.
Some people lack the ability to visualize how things might look when completed (which may be the case with the homeowners here)...it is the fault of whoever (ahem) “designed” and built it for installing something like that on the front of a residence.
How low, how devoid of grace. Best outcome, this stinky neighbor just drops the idea. It probably WON’T hurt their home value, they’re just thinking it will.
The neighbor could be helpful if that is the case, rather than being the one who drills the hole in the boat of love. Surround it with a porch screen or something. Life is not a zero sum game and the big secret is that God would bless that helpful neighbor instead of, which is likely, blowing back on him the way he is now.
I know, I really feel bad for the homeowners. I’m sure they spent a LOT of money on that ramp...it’s just an awful design. I just cannot believe that ANYONE would have designed and actually built that thing on the front of a residence...shame on whoever did that to them.
They could put some stone facing on it to match the house; replace the rails with something more residential; and get a landscaper in there and it would do wonders. Maybe those unhappy builders in the story would donate some of their time and expertise to FIXING the problem.
The neighbors are insensitive boobs. However, it seems to me they could pay for lovely wood fencing to hide the metal rails.
Or even pay for certain horticulture objects that would hide the ugly concrete and steel that so offends them.
It’s actually ugly as hell but, given the needs of the neighbor I’d not be concerned.
Were I concerend I’d pay to:
Obfuscate the eyesore with miniature Italian Junipers or “Homo” fantastic shrubbery.
That ramp might even be a selling point for the house.