UPDATE: The Jameson family says they have reached a compromise with the City of Mustang.
They say they will not have to cut down any of their plants but will have to be more careful the next time they plant.
Lyle Jameson says they can plant what they want but will not be able to have any new plants growing on the fence.
MUSTANG, Okla. – A group of neighbors have taken “food fight” to a new level.
Now, an educational opportunity for a Mustang daycare has become a dangerous eyesore for others.
But for Lyle and Jessica Jameson, the Jameson Family Daycare’s garden means fresh veggies and a fresh start.
“My husband and I have lost 250 pounds since we started working on the garden,” said Jessica Jameson, owner of the daycare. “It has changed our daily lives.”
Their diet may soon be changing after the garden was declared a public nuisance earlier this week.
“I would have to cut down my entire garden in order to meet the letter that the city sent to me yesterday,” said Jameson. “I have to cut it all down by Monday.”
“There have been complaints that the growth is impeding the visibility of the outgoing traffic,” said Jess Schweinberg, Ward 6 Councilman for the City of Mustang.
This all started last year, when the Jameson’s requested a variance, allowing a chain link fence be put up near an intersection at their daycare.
“She was granted a variance to have the five foot chain length fence past the building line,” said Schweinberg. “But only if she maintained it properly.”
Some neighbors claim she hasn’t.
“They’re complaining to the city that my garden is obstructing the view from the street,” said Jameson. “It’s not.
“She has used the chain length fence as a trellis for all of her vegetation,” said Schweinberg. “Clearly a violation of the variance that was approved.”
An all natural neighborhood kitchen with a showdown Monday.
“I admire that garden,” said Mustang resident Brenda Stone. “It’s like kids actually learn where food comes from.
“We’ll have to take it as far as it needs to go,” said Jameson. “I’m not going to cut down my garden.”