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Published October 20, 2011, 09:28 PM

Family Project Causing Stir With Neighbors

GRAND FORKS (WDAZ-TV) - A family ice rink along Belmont Road in Grand Forks has caused some concern with neighbors. Some neighbors say they're worried about flying pucks, noise and bright lights.

GRAND FORKS (WDAZ-TV) - A family ice rink along Belmont Road in Grand Forks has caused some concern with neighbors. Some neighbors say they're worried about flying pucks, noise and bright lights.

The project in the Kuntz family's front yard is actually a sport court for their five children. The family plans to flood it in the winter to make an ice rink. But it will be used for basketball and volleyball the rest of the year.

It's on the corner of Elks Drive and Belmont Road. The project is on private property and there is not a city ordinance against it.

Many Grand Forks homeowners build private ice rinks in the winter. But this rink is unique because it's in the family's front yard instead of behind the house. It's also right on a busy road which could cause a few problems.

City council president and ward four council member Hal Gershman says he has received a complaint about the rink. He says his main concern would be bright lights causing trouble for drivers.

"And I'm going to talk to the owner and see if they can make sure that they've got kind of hoods on them so that the light is very directional. Because that could be, for people driving on the road, it could be a significant issue, and also for the neighbors," Gershman said.

Mike Kuntz says the family isn't trying to cause trouble with their neighbors. But the sport court had to be in the front yard as their house is next to the flood wall.

Kuntz says they don't plan on installing bright lights, and there will quite a bit of landscaping around it with large trees and a small wall protecting it from the road.

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