CONYNGHAM BOROUGH, LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) — A fence painted in the colors of the rainbow has led to controversy in a Luzerne County community. That controversy is unfolding in Conyngham.
What started as a neighborhood dispute is now ramping up. The fence was put up to try to head off future problems between two neighbors. But now it leading to even deeper discussions in that community.
“It started as a typical neighborhood dispute, neighbor dispute and has blossomed into the borough objecting to our painting the gay pride colors on my fence,” stated Wayne Berg, Conyngham resident.
Wayne Berg lives on Sugarloaf Avenue in Conyngham. He put up this fence in recent weeks on the advice of Conyngham Borough Officials. To head off an ongoing dispute between him and his neighbor Jerry Pesock.
Pesock filed complaints with the borough for things like open burning and noise. Originally Berg put up the fence with two painted panels supporting the LGBTQ community.
He says the borough code officer says the fence violates borough code since it was installed incorrectly and it contained artwork, pictures, and writings.
Berg took down the fence and reinstalled it correctly and painted the entire fence in the colors of the rainbow. That prompted another visit from the code officer.
“Yeah, once they found we had the gay pride colors on the fence they issued a statement by stopping by, we were only allowed to paint the fence white or brown and this was after they threatened to arrest myself, and my 70-year-old uncle,” Berg added.
Pesock says he is not against anyone.
“I’m have nothing against gay rights or anything like that. It has nothing absolutely to do with that. It is multi-colored it looks hideous and that’s it period. I believe this is just harassment, retaliation for me calling the cops on him previously. That’s all, this has nothing to do with gay rights,” explained Jerry Pesock, Conyngham resident and Berg’s neighbor.
Eyewitness News reached out to Conyngham Officials for comment but did not hear back. Both Berg and Pesock say if need be they will go to court to resolve this issue.