Despite the Giesegh family's need for the handicap ramp in front of their home, the ramp could become part of a legal battle with neighbors if it is not removed.
The ramp is for Vincent and Heidi Geisegh’s 16-year-old daughter Kristen, who suffers from cerebral palsy.
"As she goes into her spastic modes, we could just tumble down the stairs and both of us could get massively hurt," Heidi Giesegh said.
The ramp was initially difficult to get approved, though the City of Fountain finally granted permission to the family because there was no homeowners association in the neighborhood that might disapprove.
The couple next door, whose home is still under construction, has threatened to take legal action against the family if the ramp is not removed, concerned that it will effect the value of their own home.
“It’s kind of irritating,” Vincent Geisegh said. “I mean, we’re trying to do our best to assist our daughter with her daily needs to get in and out of the house.”
Much of the neighborhood is still under construction. When the homebuilder was asked if he had received complaints about the ramp, he replied that some neighbors had voiced opposition.
The couple next door declined to comment.