Gate prompts safety concerns among some neighbors
A locked gate in a community in North Las Vegas is creating safety concerns for some homeowners.Photo: Video by ktnv.com
North Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- A locked gate in a community in North Las Vegas is creating safety concerns for some homeowners.
The gate seems standard, except the portion where pedestrians can walk through is locked. Homeowner Luis Fontanez worries that's a recipe for a possible future lawsuit.
"My concern is the safety of the community with kids jumping the fence every day, Fontanez said.
The gate sits at the end of an easement near San Mateo Street. Clark County property records show the land is owned by the Westwind Homeowners Association.
Fontanez said the broken pavement along the path is one concern; but he said the lock on the gate has prompted pedestrians, mainly children, to climb and jump over. Action News obtained an undated photograph of a girl doing just that.
"Big concern is somebody getting injured," said Fontanez. "On top of them getting injured, a lawsuit against the homeowners because of the condition of this."
Fontanez said both the main and pedestrian gates used to be open but were suddenly closed and locked in March, 2012. He said he brought up the issue at numerous HOA board meetings.
Action News visited the home of the HOA board president who said he would not give us an interview because we did not call in advance to schedule a meeting. He referred questions to the community management company.
We called Excellence Community Management and spoke with president April Parsons. She told Action News over the phone that the HOA wants the pedestrian gate open and they're unsure who's been locking it. The company has already removed three locks and plans to remove the latest one as well, Parsons said. Meanwhile, the HOA board is set to meet on Thursday and will likely discuss possible repairs to the easement, she said.
"Kids coming from school everyday, they shouldn't be jumping this fence," said Fontanez. "They should be able to access in and out without it being any hassle."
Parsons said the lock on the pedestrian gate should be removed within two days.