Eccentric car causes neighbor dispute


A Bethlehem Zoning Board has ruled that an eccentric vehicle parked on a cul-de-sac can stay put despite a neighbor’s efforts to get it moved.

An old rusted Chevy topped with horns is sparking a neighbor debate as ugly as the car itself.

The force is strong with the Chevy Caprice covered in Star Wars decals and flying a “Don’t Tread on Me” flag. It’s become a fixture on the quiet cul-de-sac, and a neighbor is calling bull.

“It’s absolutely a sign of retaliation,” attorney Jeffrey Jamison said.

Jamison represents Roland Graves, who lives at 18 Onondaga Court, just feet away from the parked car that’s owned by Ed Person, who lives across the cul-de-sac. 

“He’s not using the vehicle for any other reason but to threaten and intimidate my client.”

“I’m a fireman in Albany; I run a small business; I’m a hardworking man trying to provide for my family,” Person said.

Jamison says the dispute stems from Person parking his commercial paving trucks on the cul-de-sac until the town put a stop to it.

“He believed that it was all the fault of my client and subsequently to that he’s been harassing my client,” Jamison said.

At the meeting, Person seems to confirm his intentions for keeping the car on the street.

“The reason for the vehicle is because the town passed an ordinance which you could not park your commercial vehicle in excess of 5,000 pounds,” Person said.

On the phone, Person says he does use the car, and only parks it near his neighbor so it’s in clear view of his surveillance camera.

“I won’t back down to anybody anywhere,” Person said.

In the end, the zoning board sides with Person, saying there’s nothing in the town code that prevents this him from leaving his car on the street.

“It’s unfortunate, and hopefully, it won’t escalate beyond that,” Jamison said.

This shouldn’t be an issue in the winter months when parking on the street is prohibited.

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