POWELL — After a more than yearlong fight with their homeowners association over the colors they used to repaint their house, a rural Cody couple has agreed to a new color scheme — and to stop posting signs antagonizing the HOA.
Meanwhile, to settle Kelly and Debra Hennessys’ claim that they were unfairly targeted by the Cody Ranchettes Homeowners’ Association, the HOA’s insurer agreed to pay the couple $5,000.
The parties finalized the settlement last month, and at their request District Court Judge Thomas Rumpke closed the case last week.
The Cody Ranchettes HOA took issue with the four alternating colors that the Hennessys applied to the boards of their cedar-sided residence last year. HOA leaders asked the Hennessys to stop but the couple refused.
“We’ll only modify our meticulously chosen color scheme at the implied or express point of a gun, and rest assured you filthy dirtbags will NEVER drive us out of this community,” Kelly Hennessy wrote in April 2018, one of many missives he sent to the HOA and specific neighbors.
The Cody Ranchettes HOA filed suit in Park County’s District Court a few months later. They asked a judge to order the Hennessys to either submit a new paint scheme to the HOA for approval or restore their home to its original cedar color. The HOA contended the Hennessys’ alternating bands violated the subdivision’s color restrictions on Rolling Hills Drive, east of Cody.
The dispute only intensified after the lawsuit was filed.
The Hennessys repainted part of their house a new mixture of grayer colors. The 14-year residents of the subdivision also painted on phrases such as “Wyoming sucks” and “Rural Suburban Fascist Pharisees HOA,” while Kelly Hennessy continued penning inflammatory letters.
The Hennessys also filed a counterclaim, contending HOA managers had ignored multiple covenant violations and singled them out for persecution.
It wasn’t until January that the sides struck a deal.
Jotted down on a piece of yellow notebook paper, the settlement spelled out nine terms. First among them was the Hennessys would repaint their home with four agreed-on colors. The Hennessys also agreed to remove the lettering and signs from their home and to follow the subdivision’s covenants in the future.
Ultimately, the parties signed the final four-page settlement July 16 and 17, ending the dispute.