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Gated neighborhood debates keeping school buses out

Initial vote closed gates

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SAN ANTONIO - Parents in a neighborhood on the far north side are fighting to allow school buses to continue picking up their children inside their gated subdivision after their homeowners association board of directors initially voted to keep the buses out.

The board has now postponed taking that action until a meeting can be held and residents are allowed to vote.

The controversy arose in the Lakeside at Canyon Springs neighborhood off of Canyon Golf Road in the Comal Independent School District.

While homes were still being constructed inside the neighborhood, the gates remained open during daytime hours.

Now, construction is substantially complete and recently, the HOA board voted to close the gates to all vehicles without entry codes or remote openers, including Comal ISD buses.

Some parents were up in arms about that decision and contacted the KSAT 12 Defenders.

Jayme Moeller said a closure would mean kids would have to walk up to three-quarters of a mile, through the gate to the front of the neighborhood to catch a bus.

"I'm concerned about the safety of our kids," Moeller said.

Beyond the long walk and the danger of vehicles striking children, Stacey Kingdon had another concern.

"There's a lot of construction out here,” Kingdon said. “We don't know the people that are around."

They say another worry is that the bus pickup spot would be right on Canyon Golf Road, a road where cars travel 40 mph and above.

Once aboard the bus, the kids will have to ride a few miles to Kinder Ranch Elementary.

The week of July 15, concerned parents had a rally outside the pool, complete with signs, asking residents to support the buses.

The Defenders contacted the HOA’s management company to get answers about the board’s decision to close the gates to buses.

Soon after, the board sent out letters to residents, telling them "in light of the recent interest … among our residents, the Board of Directors has stayed that decision."

The letter added that buses will be allowed in through the end of the year, closing the gates will be discussed at a meeting and residents will be allowed to vote.

Parents are relieved and hope everyone keeps the buses.

"I don't think it's an issue of 'If you don't have kids, then it's not on your mind,'" Moeller said. “I think it should be on everyone’s' mind in the community."

The neighborhood meeting on the buses will be held in September but a date has not been announced.

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