A father in the city of Wenatchee, Wash. believed he was building a fun, safe place for his children to hang out outdoors. The man, Zeb Postelwait, was in the process of constructing a massive treehouse in the front yard of his property when he received a request from the city to take the structure down. Thus far, Postelwait is resisting.
“If they could prove to me that this is against code, I’d take it down. But until then, they are just harassing me,” Postelwait said.
According to the New York Daily News, the local government is claiming that Postelwait’s treehouse hangs over the nearby sidewalk, posing a liability risk to public property.
The issue has made its way to the highest office in Wenatchee, as even Mayor Frank Kuntz claims that the structure must come down.
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“If something happens, the city is liable for the damages. The council was unanimous in directing me to do what we’re doing. It has to come down,” Kuntz said.
The only alternative offered by the city council is that Postelwait take out a $1 million insurance policy, The Bellingham Herald reports.
Postelwait’s response to that demand was simple: “A million dollars? For a tree house? Come on!”
Despite his anger at the city’s persistent demands that the structure be removed, Postelwait conceded that the issue shouldn’t be a big deal. Still, he maintains he would win the battle in court if the issue is pressed further.
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“How can they take me to court over an obstruction that doesn’t exist? I don’t want to fight over this. I just think it’s ridiculous that they are going after a tree house,” Postelwait said.
According to the 2010 census, the city of Wenatchee had a population of 31,925.