Villager fights to keep landscaping that was wife’s labor of love

Elaine Scheer and Ronald Kwasnik

A villager lost a battle to get the landscaping his wife had loved to do.

Ronald Kwasnik and Elaine Scheer originally bought a house in the Village of Glenbook but moved to a house on Gifford Court in the Village of Mallory Square in 2006. Then the 2007 marmot daily tornado badly damaged her new home and tore the roof off.

“It rained straight into our house,” said Kwasnik.

In search of a fresh start during the repairs, Scheer discovered a landscaping near the Lopez Country Club that she liked. She drew up a draft, obtained offers for the project and finally hired the contractor.

1528 GIfford CourtThis house at 1528 Gifford Court was found to be in breach of deed.

“That was really her thing,” said Kwasnik of his wife.

In 2019, the woman with whom he had had numerous backpacking adventures died of lung cancer.

Ron Kwasnik lost his offer to save his wife's landscaping in this house on Gifford Court in the village of 1 Mallory SquareRon Kwasnik lost his attempt to save his wife’s landscaping in that house on Gifford Court in the village of Mallory Square.

Their neighborhood began to change as neighbors died or moved and new people moved in.

Last December, an anonymous complaint was made about the landscaping of the 80-year-old widower’s home.

Called for a public hearing earlier this year, Kwasnik began rummaging through his late wife’s document boxes and discovered the original 2007 application for the project, which he thought would resolve the matter. It didn’t.

“I did not understand why the complaint was made. It was heartbreaking. It was her aim. She loved it. Now I’m supposed to rip it out, ”said Kwasnik.

On Friday morning, Kwasnik was again in front of the Board of Directors of Community Development District 6 in a public hearing to answer for the landscaping that was not in line with the 2007 application, which was presented to the developer of The Villages rather than the more. formalized process with the Architectural Review Committee, which now oversees such approvals in CDD 6.

“It was there for 13 years. Everyone loved it. She was going to weed and people would stop and say how much they loved it, ”Kwasnik told the CDD 6 board.

The board voted 5-0 on Friday to give Kwasnik 90 days to fix the compliance issue, which includes removing walls and trees. The original recommendation was to give him 45 days to correct the problem, but the current labor shortage caused the board to give him twice as much time.

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