In many ways I live in the perfect neighborhood; contained, quiet and filled with pleasant people. But a few years ago, a Grinch moved in. Although we didn't know he was a Grinch at the time, we later learned he is the worst kind of Grinch, one who would spoil Christmas for everyone else and take great pleasure in doing it.
There had been no major controversy in the 29 years since we moved into the area, until two years ago, when some of the residents wanted to replace the old signage at the entrance to the subdivision. Discussions arose about how to best obtain new signage; which would be considerably more elaborate and costly than the previous sign. After much discussion, some of it heated, a plan was put into place by several residents who were not officers of nor were they aligned with the Home Owner's Association. Most of us just wanted the new signs in place and for the construction to be finished - so we paid varying amounts (some more than others). After several hitches in the planning and construction, the signposts were completed early in 2010 and all was well - or so we thought.
Fast forward to today, when a group of us had gone on an outing and during lunch we discussed the lack of Christmas or Holiday decoration at our entrance. A resident offered to purchase wreaths and I offered to hang them and add festive red bows. The Grinch owns the property on the left of the entrance and we were attempting to hang a wreath on the opposite side of the street when the Grinch told us that we didn't have permission to touch the sign. He further stated that if we hung the wreath, he would remove it. The fact that we were on another person's property didn't seem to faze him. I have since obtained that homeowner's permission to hang the wreath on her side of the entrance, but we have no assurance that the Grinch won't remove it if we do.
What he said was ludicrous, from my point of view. It is a stupid problem he has created for any time of year - but especially here at Christmastime. For the life of me I cannot fathom how two or three residents, people who have spent the least amount of time living here, think they can dictate to all the rest of us - 70 households in all. And to top it all off, those three people have their houses up for sale and will be moving (the sooner the better.) I am not sure what legal leg we can stand on, but rest assured I will be trying to find out.
Any legal eagles have advice for me?