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Toilets in tree violate County's 'rubbish ordinance'

By Olivia Wilmsen, Multimedia Journalist, olivia.wilmsen@krdo.com
Published On: Mar 17 2014 05:40:04 PM CDT
Updated On: Mar 17 2014 06:28:16 PM CDT

El Paso County Code Enforcement says the toilets in a neighbor's tree violate the rubbish ordinance.

EL PASO COUNTY, Colo. -

There is tension over toilets between neighbors near Security.

It now has El Paso County Code Enforcement stepping in. Neighbors are arguing whether toilets hanging from a tree are art or junk.

Angela Johnson called the County this weekend (3/15/14) complaining about two toilets and a sink hanging in her next door neighbor's tree.

"I've never seen anything in a tree. This I have to say after 14 years is a first,” said El Paso County Code Enforcement Officer Gayle Jackson.

The homeowners say it's art and that the toilets will be a bird feeder, but Jackson said, I believe this is not art decor. This is a violation of the rubbish ordinance.

"I feel great!” said Johnson.

According to the County's Rubbish Ordinance, the purpose is to protect the public health, safety and welfare of the citizens by eliminating and controlling the accumulation of rubbish in the county, which can result in visual blight, "attractive nuisances".

The homeowners did not want to go on camera, but after learning they are violating county code, the man told KRDO NewsChannel 13 he will take the commodes down, but he says he wants to keep them on his property.

"I had a case in Stratmoor Valley where there was a toilet on the front porch and numerous other things; papers and boxes and piles of wood, but the toilet was contained in that violation,” said Jackson.

The homeowners will have to talk with the County about where they're allowed to keep the toilets.

"I think that justice is prevailing. I did the right thing,” said Johnson.

The homeowners have 10 days to respond to the violation notice. If they don't respond in time, the case will go to the El Paso County Board of Commissioners. It could then possibly end up in court.

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