Irked Tempe equestrian-property owners tell city: Tear down this wall

Rebecca Owens rides her horse on a South Tempe bridle path near a controversial block wall that has equestrian lovers in an uproar. They claim it extends 10 feet into the bridal-path easement. –Wrangler News photo by Billy Hardiman

By Joyce Coronel | Wrangler News

Controversy over a homeowner’s block wall that extends into an equestrian-path easement in South Tempe has reared its head again as residents of nearby horse-property neighborhoods urge the city to enforce the law that they say is on their side.

At its Jan. 14 virtual meeting, which is archived on Tempe 11, City Council listened to an overview of the situation from City Attorney Judi Baumann and a prepared statement from South Tempe resident Matt Schmehl.

The controversy was spurred last fall when a resident of Shady Lane Estates hired a surveyor and ultimately built a 328-foot-long block wall that extends 10 feet into the bridle path just west of the neighborhood.

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