GARDEN CITY, Mo. — Judy Tabor and her husband thought they’d followed all the rules when they installed this fence in early May.
“This is the survey we had done,’ said Ms. Tabor, handing over her documents, including a building permit issued by the city.
Despite the Tabors efforts to follow the rules, the Tabors found themselves at odds with their neighbor the day the fence went up.
“She told us to get off her property,” Ms. Tabor recalled.
The Tabors’ fence isn’t on their neighbors property. It’s set back four inches into the Tabors’ property line.
The set back is important because the Tabors wanted to access the back of the fence to stain it and cut weeds. The four-inch set back allowed them the ability to do that. — until their upset neighbor decided to expand her fence, effectively blocking the Tabors from accessing the back of their fence.
Thinking their neighbor’s fence must be illegal because it goes right up against their property line, the Tabors asked the city for a copy of the fence ordinance. That’s when things really got weird.