HOA, family resolve dispute about flag pole honoring military son

Couple will now be allowed to erect pole in back yard

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SAN ANTONIO - A San Antonio couple whose homeowners association halted their plans to put up a 25-foot flag pole to honor their son in the military has reached a compromise with the HOA.

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Darrell and Debbie Grimley will now be allowed to erect a 20-foot tall flag pole in their back yard to honor their son, Cpl. Matthew Grimley, and others who have served their country.

The family wanted to put up a 25-foot flag pole in the back yard to honor their son, who is serving overseas in the military.

That is five feet taller than allowed by the Westcreek Owners Association, which also requires flag poles in the front yard.

Darrell Grimley said two years ago, his son was given informal permission from the HOA for the taller flag pole.

"They didn't really see a real problem with it,” Grimley said. “It was a variance but it probably could be approved and not be too much to worry about."

But when the Grimleys applied for formal permission for the 25-foot tall flag pole, they were denied.

A news story on their plight aired on Monday night at 10 p.m. on KSAT 12 and more than three dozen people logged on to KSAT.com to comment on the story.

Many were critical of HOA.

The Grimleys appealed that denial to the HOA's Architectural Review Committee and were warmly received. That committee voted to approve a compromise that both sides are happy with.

"Absolutely, it's a win-win," said Debbie Grimley, Matthew’s mother.

Because of the heritage Live Oak tree in the front yard, the Grimleys got the OK to erect the pole in the back. And they agreed to limit it to 20-feet tall and buy a smaller flag.

Matthew is not ecstatic, but is glad an agreement could be reached.

"He's glad to know that at least they're going to let us at least put a pole up and stuff, but he was wanting the 25-(foot pole) of course," said Debbie Grimley.

John Steele is president of the homeowners association.

"We're very happy for the Grimleys," Steele said.

He added that the HOA is also happy to get the height and location issue resolved and wants to make one thing clear:
"Westcreek never said, 'No, you can't fly an American flag,'” Steele said. “We never did that. We would never do that."

In fact, the flag in front of the HOA office is dedicated to those who have served our country.

Texas law allows homeowners associations to regulate flag poles over 20-feet tall, but not those 20 feet or less.


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