Caldwell -- You might as well refer to the Hribiks and the McEvoys as the Hatfields and McCoys. John McEvoy says that's exactly the situation he and his next door neighbor Debbie Hribik have been in for almost 20 years.
Just outside Caldwell, their long-standing feud has to do with what McEvoy calls a collection and Hribik calls junk and garbage. The fight is escalating again because McEvoy now has a plan to keep collecting trucks, houses and other things by re-zoning 10 acres of his property to an amusement park.
McEvoy plans to have a paintball park he can charge admission for. It would include a speedball course with inflatable bunkers and a large strategy field with his scrap collection.
You got all that old equipment and buildings and things that they can use to play amongst, and it becomes an excellent sports field, McEvoy said.
But Hribik says this is just McEvoy's latest attempt to hide junk on his 130-acre property.
I think that is just a real good excuse to bring in more junk and call it part of his staging for a paintball field, Hribik said. That way, he can be legal for his junk.
Hribik has called the county and environmental agencies, asking for them to do something about the dozens of cars, tractors, trailers, mobile homes, washers and dryers and other things. She says she's not just concerned about how it looks, but what could be going into groundwater and the nearby Boise River.
It isn't so much of what I see on the surface, it's what I know is underneath it, Hribik said.
She showed KTVB recent reports by the Department of Enivromental Quality with photos of some type of oil on his property, but the report indicated McEvoy said he'd clean it up. Hribik says she and other families have filed nuisance complaints that resulted in an ongoing court battle with the county over what's on McEvoy's property.
My feeling towards her is I'm sorry she feels that way, yes, McEvoy said. I wish she had something in life to do that entertained her besides finding ways to go after me.
Hribik says she and her husband do expend a lot of time and energy on trying to get a change, but she says the beautiful farm property is being ruined. She says McEvoy has moved his stuff closer and closer to her home.
If he kept it out of my sight, it was out of my mind, Hribik said. If I had to see it, we were going to have a problem. So I think maybe he wanted to call my bluff.
McEvoy, who is a highway commissioner, says he has been approached by the county about what's on his property, which is why he's looking to rezone now.
If somebody's whining about you and complaining, then the county's got to come out and see what you've got, and basically what they say is you can have one of them and that's it, McEvoy said. If we'd always been that way, there wouldn't be anybody driving a '38 Chevy Coup because they'd have all been scrapped a long time ago.
He says rezoning will allow him to make an income off paintball players and also bring his collection into compliance.
All of my collectibles that I have, it would put an umbrella over them so that I'm not in violation of the ordinance anymore, McEvoy said. I can have my sports facility, I can have a yard for my stuff and move it all down here and not have to worry about it anymore.
McEvoy is pitching the idea to his neighbors at a meeting on his property Thursday night. He then plans to file with Planning and Zoning.
Hribik worries a rezone could mean more junk on his property, and she believes because McEvoy is a county official, she may not be fairly heard.
I'm just waiting for someone to do something because the stuff keeps coming in, Hribik said.
The portion McEvoy says he plans to use for the structural part of the paintball park is not visible from the road. He would not take KTVB to that part of his property. McEvoy says the majority of his neighbors like his idea and will support his paintball park.