WICHITA FALLS, TEXAS – About three years ago, Kari Hill bought a portable basketball goal and installed it in her backyard for her son. Soon, other neighborhood children and even adults were shooting at the basket.
“Normally you see six or seven playing there,” Hill said.
Life was good.
Then the trouble started.
She received a notice from the City of Wichita Falls in January stating that she had violated “the illegal location of a basketball goal in a public right-of-way between the sidewalk and the sidewalk or on a public street.”
“We don’t have sidewalks – none – and it has never been on the streets,” Hill said. “He never touched the sidewalk.
She said she called the town and was told that as long as the goal was in her backyard, everything was fine.
In April, she received two tickets in the mail of $ 440 each for “encroachment on the easement”. She recalled the city. She believed she had been fouled and did not quibble or dribble over where she was standing.
“I told them the goal was not moving. It’s not going anywhere. He doesn’t leave the front yard, ”she said.
Hill went to city court on Monday where the judge found her not guilty and awarded her a free kick, saying she should be released on any other grounds.
She believes a complaint from someone in the neighborhood led to the tickets and said others with goals had also received letters from the city.
“As soon as the city mentioned fines, it withdrew its targets,” she said. I told the judge that as long as it is a fully portable lens and it can be moved around and is not an obstruction in any way, there shouldn’t be a problem. We must fight for our children. They depend on us, ”Hill said.
Councilor Steve Jackson, whose District 5 includes the neighborhood where Hill lives, praised her at Tuesday’s city council meeting for not sitting on the bench on the issue.
“She presented herself very well. I was proud of her, ”Jackson said. “I think it’s better if we have our kids near us instead of hanging out in the parks. We don’t know what’s going on in the parks.