"Two Code Enforcement officers arrived at my house last Thursday."
Bobby Buttram lives in Flour Bluff. This is his side of this story.
He built this bridge over a drainage ditch on his property 6-7 years ago.
It runs from his house to his son's house where his grandkids live.
He did it so he can see them quicker and easier.
So what's the problem?
Here's what Buttram says the Code Enforcement guys told his wife.
"They said it needed to be removed within 5 days. I'm not moving it this time."
And that's important.
Buttram says even tho he was never given permission by the city to build it in the first place, he went ahead and did it
But then the city told him he needed to remove it. He did. But he put it back about a year and a half ago.
"I wasn't told I couldn't put it back, so I put it back," Buttram told the Troubleshooters.
Buttram told his story to not only us, but retired Judge Mike Westergren.
"That is one helluva bridge. That's the bridge over the River Kwai," Westergren commented.
Time to "Ask the Expert."
Judge Westergren weighs in on Buttram's case.
"You probably were supposed to get a permit, but you didn't do it," he told Buttram.
"And they didn't tell you, 'well, this is it. You can't have it. That's in your favor too."
Buttram claims the city's never presented him with documentation showing the ordinance they're basing their order on.
Westergren says that's in Buttram's favor, but that he should probably hire an attorney.
"Would you advise him don't take it down ?" the Troubleshooters asked Westergren. "Yes."
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