- Associated Press - Friday, September 18, 2015

PRESCOTT, Ariz. (AP) - The Freeman Farms pumpkin patch is closed this year following a spat between its operators and the town over constructing a permanent bathroom.

The Daily Courier reports (http://bit.ly/1FkS97S) Town Manager Robert Smith acknowledged it was months before city officials responded to Norm Freeman and Lynne Trenery-Freeman’s request for information on what they needed to do to build the restroom.

Norm Freeman said in an email to the mayor that the delays forced him to close for the year.

Officials eventually told the Freemans that building permits, inspections and paved parking were needed.

The festival is held on fallow land. Freeman said he didn’t want to turn a field into a parking lot.

Smith said officials reached out to the Freemans repeatedly to craft an exemption or alteration to the town code. The two disagree on whether Freeman cooperated.

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Information from: The Daily Courier, http://www.dcourier.com

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