Quantcast

Ontario Pond Up for Debate - KTBS.com - Shreveport, LA News, Weather and Sports

Ontario Pond Up for Debate

Posted: Updated:
SHREVEPORT, La -

There's a small fish pond on Ontario Street in Shreveport. But city officials say, it may be a liability and safety hazard. The Wells family have had a pond in their front yard since March. Their goal was to give their yard some unique landscaping, but this small pond has received some pretty big attention.

Kim Wells said, "The immediate neighbors, most of them really liked it. A few have expressed concerns about safety. Most of them have children and I can see their point. I have kids, I wouldn't want them to get hurt. It's about 4 inches on one side and the deepest it gets is about 2 and a half feet, and it's sloped. So I would think any child that couldn't get out would be really small, and not wondering around."

Unfortunately, for the Wells family, a piece of their pond is on city property and if an accident were to happen, the city could be held responsible. Oliver Jenkins is their local city councilman. Jenkins said, "They didn't realize naturally that when they constructed the pond that it was in the easement so it was brought to the city engineers attention. Water features generally fall under landscaping and landscaping within the city of Shreveport does not require a permit."

Wells said, they'll be happy to get a fence or anything the city deems necessary in order to keep their pond. "I understand their need to legally make the city not liable and be able to come back later and get rid of it... if need be."

The Wells are asking the city for a variance to keep their pond and hold them liable if necessary. The city is asking the wells and their neighbors on Ontario street and the surrounding area to voice their opinions or concerns about the pond in the next city council meeting on August 13th. City officials want to get feedback from the community before voting on the issue.

 

  • ArkLaTex SlideshowsMore>>

  • Joint prostitution stings net more than a dozen arrests in Shreveport

    Joint prostitution stings net more than a dozen arrests in Shreveport

    Thursday, April 24 2014 7:38 PM EDT2014-04-24 23:38:39 GMT
    Shreveport Police are taking prostitution in the city seriously. A joint operation Wednesday resulted in 16 arrests.
    Shreveport Police are taking prostitution in the city seriously. A joint operation Wednesday resulted in 16 arrests.
  • ArkLaTex Adoptable Pets

    ArkLaTex Adoptable Pets

    Sunday, April 20 2014 8:50 PM EDT2014-04-21 00:50:49 GMT
    There are lots of animals in the ArkLaTex who are looking for that perfect home.
    There are lots of animals in the ArkLaTex who are looking for that perfect home.
  • Easter Bunnies

    Easter Bunnies

    Saturday, April 19 2014 6:26 AM EDT2014-04-19 10:26:06 GMT
    Thank you to all of our viewers who sent us pictures of your little Easter bunnies.
    Thank you to all of our viewers who sent us pictures of your little Easter bunnies.
  • Assignment EducationMore>>

  • Abbott: Pay teachers bonuses for high exam scores

    Abbott: Pay teachers bonuses for high exam scores

    Thursday, April 24 2014 5:49 AM EDT2014-04-24 09:49:28 GMT
    Republican Greg Abbott says that as Texas governor he would seek bonuses for high school teachers whose students perform well on college readiness exams.
    Republican Greg Abbott says that as Texas governor he would seek bonuses for high school teachers whose students perform well on college readiness exams.
  • Celebrate Education activities continue for area students

    Celebrate Education activities continue for area students

    Celebrate Education activities continue for area students

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 8:46 PM EDT2014-04-24 00:46:10 GMT
    The KTBS Summer Reading Festival welcomed hundreds of students from Bossier Schools today.
    The KTBS Summer Reading Festival welcomed hundreds of students from Bossier Schools today.
  • Academic integrity in digital age

    Academic integrity in digital age

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 7:55 PM EDT2014-04-23 23:55:02 GMT
    With a rise in online classes, many educational institutions are asking the question, how can they maintain academic integrity in the digital age. More and more students are getting educated through online sources, to match courses to their busy schedules, avoid long commutes or to save money. "Well, people who are local to the Shreveport area, they have the option of coming in and actually taking the exam at an assigned time. They don't have to pay for the exam. Then I proctor it," said LSU-...
    With a rise in online classes, many educational institutions are asking the question, how can they maintain academic integrity in the digital age. More and more students are getting educated through online sources, to match courses to their busy schedules, avoid long commutes or to save money. "Well, people who are local to the Shreveport area, they have the option of coming in and actually taking the exam at an assigned time. They don't have to pay for the exam. Then I proctor it," said LSU-...
  • NationalMore>>

  • Ex-soldier convicted in daughter's beating death

    Ex-soldier convicted in daughter's beating death

    Thursday, April 24 2014 9:44 PM EDT2014-04-25 01:44:20 GMT
    A federal jury on Thursday convicted a former Hawaii soldier of murder in the beating death of his 5-year-old daughter.
    A federal jury on Thursday convicted a former Hawaii soldier of murder in the beating death of his 5-year-old daughter, a capital offense in a state that doesn't have the death penalty.
  • 11 kids, driver hurt in Calif. school bus crash

    11 kids, driver hurt in Calif. school bus crash

    Thursday, April 24 2014 9:14 PM EDT2014-04-25 01:14:18 GMT
    Authorities say at least 13 people are hurt in a school bus crash in Southern California.
    Eleven middle school students and their driver were injured when a school bus jumped a curb Thursday and rammed into trees in Southern California, authorities said.
  • Company stopped from accepting abortion waste

    Company stopped from accepting abortion waste

    Thursday, April 24 2014 9:04 PM EDT2014-04-25 01:04:19 GMT
    An Oregon county commission has ordered an incinerator to stop accepting boxed medical waste to generate electricity after learning the waste it's been burning may include tissue from aborted fetuses from...
    County commissioners gave final approval Thursday to an order to stop an incinerator in Oregon from receiving medical waste until procedures are in place to ensure no fetal tissue is burned to generate power.
  • KTBS 3 News Tips

    Send your news tip or story idea to the KTBS 3 Newsroom.  Enter your email address below to get started.

    * denotes required fields
    We're sorry, but only one entry is allowed per person.
    Thank you for your continued interest.

    Thank you for your submission to KTBS 3 News.  A member of our staff may contact you for more information.

Share Your Images
Powered by WorldNow
    Powered by WorldNow
    All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Worldnow and KTBS. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.
    Advertising | EEO Public File | KTBS 3 Public File | KPXJ 21 Public File