Broken fence near transmission corridor concerns neighbor
Man concerned about hole in fence from storm.Photo: Video by ktnv.com
Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- A broken fence near a power transmission line corridor has led to safety concerns for one neighbor.
"Bottom line, it's a safety issue," said homeowner Mario Lopez.
The fence separates Lopez's backyard on Nahatan Way from a corridor containing an NV Energy transmission line. The problem - the fence has a hole in it, courtesy of a wind storm last year, and the structure is starting to lean over.
"It looks like, if a couple more panels go, the whole thing will come down," said Lopez.
Lopez said the fence was up when he purchased the home a little more than a year ago, but it's unclear when the fence was built. The homeowner used the broken wood panel to cover part of the gap but he is worried the fence could fall over. Lopez wants the fence fixed. He believes the fence is on a shared property line with NV Energy, so he asked the company to help with repairs.
"I was willing to split the cost of the fence to build it properly and secure it," said Lopez.
After months of back and forth with NV Energy and still no clear answer, Lopez emailed Action News.
"It exposes myself and my dogs to the power lines that are on the flip side of the fence," said Lopez, who noted the company repaired a separate, chain-link fence in the corridor that ends at his property line.
Action News called NV Energy to get their side of the story.
After sending surveyors to the site, the company determined the fence is actually on Lopez's property making it his responsibility to maintain, said NV Energy spokeswoman Jennifer Schuricht.
The fence was built by a previous homeowner, not the company, Schuricht said. NV Energy made repairs to the chain-link fence since the company installed that divider to keep the transmission corridor clean, she said.
Lopez said he was not surprised by the response. In the minutes after an interview with Action News, a mail carrier delivered a certified letter from NV Energy stating the gap is not considered a safety issue since there are no safety hazards inside the corridor that aren't present in any other neighborhood with overhead power poles and the company does not plan to make repairs. Lopez said he is now considering legal action.