Oconomowoc neighborhood fights over sick child's playground

Posted at 5:24 PM, Jun 22, 2018
and last updated 2018-06-23 09:11:20-04

There is a fight going on over a little girl's playground in Oconomowoc while she fights to stay healthy in the hospital.  

The family's neighborhood association told the homeowners they need to make changes by next week. 

"It's important to have this playground when my daughter gets home from the hospital because it's hope," said Tim Sanders, dad. 

E. Coli led to kidney failure for his daughter three years ago.  The Sanders moved to Waukesha County to be close to family and Ashlin's doctors in Madison.  She had a kidney transplant on Father's Day and is expected home soon.  

"Today (Friday) they pulled a PICC line in her chest where they administer fluids and things of that nature," said Sanders.  

The Sanders own two lots. Their home is on one and a playground with trees surrounding the property is on the other.  

Tim Sanders said the former Home Owners Association president approved the playground and trees.  An email said, "Permission was granted for the rainbow playground set."  It went on to say the trees were also approved. 

"We are not breaking codes," said Sanders. "Everything was permitted." 

Sanders said the new HOA board wants him to take everything down.  A letter said, "In order to obtain and maintain harmony in appearance..." 

Neighbors we spoke with didn't have issues with the property. 

"I think it brings our property value up so I'm happy about that," said Mike Valle, neighbor. "Everyone buys a home for an investment to make money on."

Sanders knows this might sound trivial to some, but to see his daughter play as a healthy kid is everything. 

"Her smile is like the sunshine," said Sanders.

We spoke with the new HOA president, but he wouldn't comment.  There are now attorneys involved for both parties.