City sues couple over backyard volleyball court

NEW LONDON, Conn. (WTNH) — The city of New London is suing a couple whose property features an elaborate volleyball court that has drawn the ire of a next-door neighbor.

The paved volleyball court attracts a lot of friends for Edinson Mizhquiri and his wife.

“Pretty much the biggest problem is she doesn’t want to see a lot of people in the back of the yard and the ball going over the fence,” Mizhquiri says of his neighbor’s concern.

The complaining neighbor wasn’t home but others told News 8 how they felt about the volleyball court and the folks who use it.

“They don’t bother nobody, not me anyway,” Nancy Terry said.

“The only thing I heard was that people can’t come out of their driveways without worrying about cars,” Eugene Kierpaul said. “You can’t see the street because there’s too many cars parked.”

Mizhquiri denies the accusation that he is running a volleyball league. The suit was filed after he failed to comply with zoning regulations on the height of the net and fence. He failed to show up in court.

“The netting was pretty much two inches higher than it was supposed to be,” said Mizhquiri, adding that he’s hoping if he drops the net the city will drop the suit, which seeks repayment of attorney costs and up to $2,500 in fines.

“I hope so because I’m doing pretty much everything that they said, just not fast enough,” Mizhquiri said.

Terry sides with her neighbor. “As a citizen, taxpayer, enough is enough,” she said. “If that was me, I’d be pretty upset.”

Mizhquiri is due back in court next month but he says long before that he will have this net lowered to comply with city regulations.

Tina Detelj reporting 

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