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Father Fighting LI Village Trying To Destroy Children’s Treehouse

November 13, 2018 - 5:42 pm

BABYLON, N.Y. (WCBS 880) — A father on Long Island is fighting back after being told he had to stop working on constructing a treehouse in his backyard.

John Lepper began building the treehouse in the backyard of his Babylon home in early May as a gift for his children, Bayden, 6, and Brianna, 5.

Now, the children can only stare at the structure while the family faces an ongoing legal battle with the village.

Lepper says he has received multiple summonses from the village, and faces fines up to $250,500.

“I’ll be here all the time,” Lepper said at the courthouse. “This is what they want to fight about, this is what they want to go on about – if they would had just approved the permit application, gave me the building permit, I would have been fine way back in May.”

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Lepper, a FDNY firefighter, applied to a building permit in May. Village code states that any playground larger in size than 90 square feet requires a building permit.

Though, Lepper said the structure in his yard is only 85 square feet.

The village is threatening to give him daily fines unless he takes down the treehouse.

The village attorney could not be reached for comment.

“We've lost a year already, we lost the entire summer, they’ve still been ordered not to go up in there. I've been complaint with everything every step of the way,” Lepper said, adding that he just wants his kids to have fun.