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Old Jul 25th 2006, 11:19 pm
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Just storm in and start digging up your front garden without asking ??
Now admittedly I live in a town house with the association and all the associated nonsense to do with that but last weekend sbc dug a 'grave' in the front garden. Now after they fill it in they intend to put a 3 foot bollard there so they can access cables in future without having to dig another hole.
Is there anything that can be done to stop this ???
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Old Jul 25th 2006, 11:24 pm
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Originally Posted by BigDavyG
Just storm in and start digging up your front garden without asking ??
Now admittedly I live in a town house with the association and all the associated nonsense to do with that but last weekend sbc dug a 'grave' in the front garden. Now after they fill it in they intend to put a 3 foot bollard there so they can access cables in future without having to dig another hole.
Is there anything that can be done to stop this ???
OUCH! Prolly gotta check the housing association crap, but from what i have heard here, utility companies can do what they want.
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Old Jul 25th 2006, 11:29 pm
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Originally Posted by ladygwennie
OUCH! Prolly gotta check the housing association crap, but from what i have heard here, utility companies can do what they want.
Aye - that's what I've heard too - wondering if anyone knew any different.

Land of the 'big companies free to stroke everyone'
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Old Jul 25th 2006, 11:36 pm
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Originally Posted by BigDavyG
Just storm in and start digging up your front garden without asking ??
Now admittedly I live in a town house with the association and all the associated nonsense to do with that but last weekend sbc dug a 'grave' in the front garden. Now after they fill it in they intend to put a 3 foot bollard there so they can access cables in future without having to dig another hole.
Is there anything that can be done to stop this ???
Yep...I suppose it varies from state to state but in NJ they have rights to the first 10 ft (can't remember the exact figure, could be 15 ft) of your property. Applies to cable and telecom companies too.
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Originally Posted by BigDavyG
Just storm in and start digging up your front garden without asking ??
Now admittedly I live in a town house with the association and all the associated nonsense to do with that but last weekend sbc dug a 'grave' in the front garden. Now after they fill it in they intend to put a 3 foot bollard there so they can access cables in future without having to dig another hole.
Is there anything that can be done to stop this ???
sounds like they are doing that on the easement which is for the utility companies so i believe...law unto themselves
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Originally Posted by Jerseygirl
Yep...I suppose it varies from state to state but in NJ they have rights to the first 10 ft (can't remember the exact figure, could be 15 ft) of your property. Applies to cable and telecom companies too.
Yeah i heard of similar from my in-laws on Long Island. Heard some horror stories of big electric poles being put up on front lawns here in indy, not a lot could be done about it.
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Originally Posted by ladygwennie
Yeah i heard of similar from my in-laws on Long Island. Heard some horror stories of big electric poles being put up on front lawns here in indy, not a lot could be done about it.

That's right...they can do pretty much whatever they want...when they want.
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Check the plats for your place - they probably have an easement on your property. If not, then give them hell.
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