Fernley man takes down fence as school takes legal action

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Updated: 5/23 5:00 pm
FERNLEY, Nev. (KRNV & MyNews4.com) -- A Fernley man is taking down the fence he built last week to protect his property.

Kevin Evanoff lives on a private road near East Valley Elementary School and said parents' vehicles block his way in and out of his property and create liability issues for him.

"I did it in the first place in order to try to keep people off of my property," Evanoff said. "I think I finally got their attention."

After a few days of keeping the road near his home blocked off, Evanoff said he made his point.

"I [decided] to go ahead in good faith and take the fence down," he said. 

While Evanoff was making this decision, the Lyon County School District was filing a temporary restraining order.

Superintendent Keith Savage wouldn't appear on camera, but said the school told Evanoff it was coming.

Evanoff said that's not true.

"I started taking the fence down about an hour before their guy showed up and served me with paperwork," Evanoff said.

He responded by lighting that paperwork on fire.

"I just kinda reached into my pocket and pulled me out a match, and I just kinda went ahead and lit the match on fire and burned his paperwork," Evanoff said.

Despite the suit from the school, Evanoff said support from the community is growing.

"There's a few who are still against me because they think I inconvenienced them for a couple of weeks of getting into their school," he said. "This school has inconvenienced me and cost me my livelihood for over nine years." 

Savage said the school has a proposal they plan to give Evanoff next week. He wouldn't say what it was because he says it would be "unfair" to tell the media before telling Evanoff. 

He did say they plan to allow parents to keep picking up students on the private road once the fence is down, as they have since the school as been open. 
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cpncopper - 5/25/2014 9:10 PM
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shame on savage and the attorney who drew up the paperwork. very misguided people who should lose their jobs

endlessummer - 5/25/2014 12:56 PM
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Dear Kevin, MORE POWER TO YOU!!! Our Communist public school system would like nothing more than to do what all Communist systems do - Erode, and eventually eliminate private property. God Bless your efforts. I support you completely!!

powerwagon - 5/25/2014 6:40 AM
3 Votes
I would of left it up its his road scene when does a school tell the person how to live

powerwagon - 5/25/2014 6:39 AM
2 Votes
the school gave care less they don't care about other people just them selfs and the kids

taxpaying mom - 5/24/2014 9:44 PM
4 Votes
The school is mad at him for installing a fence on his own property?? The school is WRONG!!!

Speed - 5/24/2014 12:50 PM
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Seems to me that if it's a PRIVATE road,the School District has NO authority to "allow"anyone to use it to pick up their kids. Where did these "Officials" get their Law schooling? Doesn't the "Letter Of The Law" have ANY relevance anymore?
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