Fernley resident builds fence to keep drivers off his property

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Updated: 5/20/2014 8:28 am
FERNLEY, Nev. (KRNV & MyNews4.com) -- Fernley viewers have been emailing News 4 about a makeshift fence that has been put up near East Valley Elementary School.

They say it's giving them trouble dropping off their kids at school.

Both the school and the city say the fence is on private property.

When Kevin Evanoff moved to Farm District Road 18 years ago, he says he didn't have any problems with his neighbors.

But in 2006, East Valley Elementary was built.

"The only thing I've ever asked this school to do is not park on my side of the road," Evanoff said.

It's a private road and he owns half of it.

"I pay the taxes and the insurance to where that line is right there by your feet," he said.

Evanoff said that means it's his liability.

"If they get hurt on my property, I get sued," he said. "I could lose my property."

Despite painting 'no parking' signs and talking to the school, he said parents still park there. 

"You can not get off this property because all of the people coming out of the school blocks the way," Evanoff said.

So over the weekend he put up a fence to protect his property.

"Whenever this school has events, I watch people walk over here to my property, smoke cigarettes, because they can't smoke cigarettes at the school, and they turn around and they throw their cigarettes right onto my property," Evanoff said.

That, he said, creates a fire risk he shouldn't have to worry about.

Evanoff said he can't move because potential buyers are discouraged by the school's proximity.

So he made East Valley an offer.

"I offered to let the school buy the bottom four acres of my property, so they could have the parking for this school," he said.

Lyon County Schools Superintendent Keith Savage said, when Evanoff offered, the school district couldn't afford to buy the land.

While the fence is up, they're diverting parent traffic to Wedge Lane - where Evanoff said it should've been all along.

Savage said district officials are willing to meet with Evanoff to try to find a solution, and he hopes they have this whole situations resolved before next school year begins.
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dritte197 - 5/21/2014 3:08 PM
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HevKing - 5/21/2014 12:33 AM
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I have seen parents park there and obviously it's been an issue if it's gotten to this point. The video shows pictures, maybe if the police gave tickets, those parents would finally get it. Shame on the parents who could not follow simple directions, use common sense, and are not setting good examples for their kids. It is sad that a few ignorant parents have ruined it for everyone. On the other hand don't we currently have an epidemic of obese children in the US... Maybe walking a bit further each day is good for their health. Love the person who thinks imminent domain is the answer. Let's just take the guys land for standing up for himself when he is clearly in the right. Another great example for our kids! If you don't get what you want just take it by force...

oldguyincc - 5/20/2014 7:07 PM
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I watched an interview with one of the parents, who felt it was wrong for his child to have to go all the way across the school grounds, past the athletic field, to get to the proper entrance. Pity! However, ballrs doesn't have the whole story on eminent domain. Certainly the county could get the property, but, if they don't offer a fair paice, it can go to court. Ask NDOT about offering a few hundred thousand dollars for freeway property in Carson City. They wound up having to pay over three million plus legal expenses.

907to775 - 5/20/2014 5:58 PM
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My kids have gone to this school for 4 years. I understand and agree that this property owner has the right to put up a fence on his land. I just want to note that during daily drop off and pick up, parents do not park on his property. The last time I witnessed a parent parking on his property was during an assembly last year because this year he has used very large logs and other items to block his side of the road (which is his right, obviously).

907to775 - 5/20/2014 5:53 PM
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My kids

kajah - 5/20/2014 11:38 AM
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If the parents weren't still parking there in spite of the flyers and "No Parking" signs painted on the ground, then this would be a non-issue. The fact that parents are so upset and complaining about their commutes that are expanded by minutes, speaks to the fact that parents were still parking illegally on his property.

Old Parnell - 5/20/2014 11:35 AM
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I know this if Lyon County and all, but where are the authorities in solving this problem? Put up a residential No Parking sign, (please see streets around UNR etc) enforce it for a few days with a deputy or school police, problem solved. Travel to Reno on a school day and see how they do it.

Ballrs - 5/20/2014 11:00 AM
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The sad part is all the city/state has to do is inact immanite domain and he will lose that land for pennies of what's it's worth.

Holly Slowan - 5/20/2014 10:50 AM
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The school did let the parents know not to park there they did by sending flyers home, emails and a phone call when he spray painted no parking on his side parents did stop parking there so the whole this has been a hassle is such bull! The school did try.

tjslr58 - 5/20/2014 10:39 AM
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The School District has been using his land for the school for nine years. He needs to put up a permant fence now. He has no obligation to let this continue. Now the school gets to spend some real money. They will have to totally change the access to another street, create parking, advertise to all where the new entrance is, and get everyone used to the idea that you enter the school from somewhere else. When all they really had to do is just let everyone know not to park there, and be considerate to the school neighbors. Good for him.

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