NISD Eminent Domain vs. Hills of Shaenfield Community
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The NISD Board have decided to aggressively peruse taking partial properties of private homeowners along the retention area to build a concrete walkway and funnel all kids/parents through the small area. They have purchased land along FM1650 and decided instead of having the normal bus route pick up the kids they will have them go through the seized property. We have already gathered a large petition by going door to door in our small Geneva Ford cul-de-sac. However we would love to bring awareness and with the community coming together build a larger petition. Below are the top reason the community has put together against this proposal.
Top Community Reason Against NISD Takeover
Dangers To The Children
water that flows to the back retention builds up quickly and remains
long after the rainfall. There are always standing water long after the
rainfall that invites water snakes, racoons, coyotes, mosquitoes and
other wildlife. Last thing we would want is a child to get bitten by a
poisonous snake, bitten by a critter with rabies or eaten up by
mosquitoes potentially having west nile virus. We all know that
unsupervised kids will likely play in the water, trampling it , kicking
it or try to pet/pick and even chase a critter if they see one. There
are numerous times that our own lawn and care service has to leave
patches of uncut grass due to the standing water. This could also
create huge potential risk for the child passing by the area.
Opening Up The Community To Crime
all that protects this cul-de-sac community is the fence that
seals/prevents crime from coming up from the retention / forest area.
There are gangs, drugs, graffiti, violence and shootings that have went
on in the back retention areas. That fence has prevented them from
entering into our community and vandalize our property. I have seen the
police called out there many times and thankfully due to the fence
sealing off the area been able to catch / prevent a crime in progress.
There is currently graffiti of two marked gangs on the concrete in the
back retention area along with broken glass from viles (mostly likely
used for drugs)
as the community have all experienced the horrendous traffic when
trying to navigate through Wildhorse Parkway past Krueger elementary
school and how the residents along the side street cannot pull out of
their driveway to get to work. Funneling all the kids through our
cul-de-sac will result in the same in our community however will be
twice as bad due to the limited traffic flow. Just like on Wildhorse,
parents will be pulling over in front of peoples house dropping off
their kids preventing/hindering the residents that live there from
trying to get out of their driveway. There have been many times where
we have seen cars just pull over waiting with the child in the car, not
being in a hurry and taking their time holding up the traffic. We do
not want that in our small cul-de-sac because it would be amplified a
hundred times trying to funnel all the kids through a small entrance to
the back retention area.
Maintenance / Liability
proposed pathway will require continuous maintenance along with
security for monitoring traffic flow. There is no way NISD could
guarantee during school hours, after school hours and summer time safe
passage. Also as mentioned above the area would open the community up
to all the violence and crimes that was previously protected by a
fence. In addition, the liability of a child getting hurt from one of
the dangers mentioned above while on their way to school. Unless NISD
is willing to take full responsibility of not only the developed pathway
but also travel passage through the water retention in the back it
there would be huge liability concerns.