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Sidewalk chalk leads to HOA dispute

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Residents of Buda Elm Neighborhood are outraged after being told their children can't draw with chalk anywhere in the neighborhood.

On July 22, Alliance Association Management issued a violation to Kelsey Jakubauskas and her husband. Jakubauskas said management told her the chalk drawing were displeasing to the eye.

"An eye sore it was they called it, yeah," said Jakubauskas. "And our take on that is if you're going to live in a neighborhood that's right next door to an elementary school you should probably expect to see evidence of children in the neighborhood."

Resident Joe Hebert agreed. He said he even sent an email to management questioning the violation his neighbor had received. He said the response to that email was appalling.

"[Their] reply was that they go out and write violations on a monthly basis and that sidewalk chalk art was unsightly in some people minds," said Hebert. "And that if we were to let our children draw on the sidewalks or driveways that we would have to wash it off immediately."

Both Hebert and Jakubauskas said many parents in the neighborhood are upset over the matter, and as a result, they have put together a group titled, 'Chalk It Up. Kids Rule & Alliance Drools'. They said the group plans to meet Sunday, August 25 to decorate their driveways and sidewalks with chalk.

Jakubauskas received the first warning from Alliance in July. She said although she has not allowed her children to draw on the sidewalks since the violation was issued, she is excited to draw with her kids on Sunday.

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