DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – At nearly 40 feet long, the recreational vehicle that usually parks in the driveway in front of the Wylie family’s Preston Hollow home is clearly bigger than the average car in the driveway.
Several city code enforcement officers have even believed it to be illegal, but their efforts usually didn’t pay off. “We’ve gone to court, four or five times, and won every time,” Mary Wylie said Friday.
The tickets have kept coming though. With her husband Bob now in the hospital, unable to fight the citations,
Mary is wondering why the city is still pursuing the issue. “I want it to go away so we can enjoy that motorhome and it’s not going to be a whole lot longer time, a few years more, til he gets where he cannot go anymore,” she said.
The Wylie’s bought the RV so Bob had a way to leave the house for more than a day at a time. Due to injuries from Agent Orange in Vietnam, he needs dialysis. “And he can travel in that motorhome because he can do that dialysis in it,” Mary said.
After neighbor complaints, code enforcement officers started ticketing the Wylie’s for having an oversize vehicle parked at the house. Generally, the code they prohibits storing items outside in front of the house. Rv’s over 32 feet in length though, are not allowed. It provides exceptions for things like cars in driveways, landscaping and lawn furniture.
However, the code also exempts RV’s from the storage rule if it can’t be reasonably placed in the backyard. The Wylies backyard has a city drainage running through it, making it inaccessible to any vehicle. The code also offers exemptions for vehicles displaying registration for a disabled person. The RV has a disabled veteran license plate. County property tax records also recognize that Wylie is a fully disabled veteran.
The last citation in November though, a judge ruled against Wylie and ordered him to pay $1,000 fine and court costs. He is appealing the decision.
A city spokesman wasn’t able to immediately explain why the city kept pursuing the code violations after so many had been dismissed. In an email, Chief Prosecutor Frederick Williams simply acknowledged that Wylie was found guilty at trial.
Mary Wylie said the issue is causing undue stress on her husband, at a time when he needs strength to recover from a stroke suffered last week.
“I want it to go away so we can enjoy that motorhome,” she said. “And it’s not going to be a whole lot longer time, a few years more, til he gets where he cannot go anymore.”
The Wylie’s have also hired an attorney to try to convince neighbors to stop requesting that code enforcement issue tickets to the family.