Wichita homeowners association sues couple over yard lamp

WICHITA — A homeowners association in east Wichita is suing a couple demanding they remove a 12-foot-high lamp installed outside their home.

The Wichita Eagle reports that the Country Club Court Estates Home Owners Association has filed a lawsuit against Dan and Alice Smith after the couple refused to take the lamp down from their yard.

Dan Smith says the cast iron light is a vintage, high-quality piece he restored himself. He says the lamp adds curb appeal and provides security on the street after dark.

But the association calls it a “commercial-sized, mock-antique gas lamp” that diminishes property values. Association leaders contend the lamp is inconsistent with the community’s aesthetic, and violates a neighborhood rule prohibiting the installation of poles and other structures without prior approval.

The trial is Sept. 20.