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Thu, Sep 29, 2022 5:02 AM

Easement for fiber optics cable

My survey shows no utilities easement but USIC put a flag in my yard to put a pole. I need to know how to contact about this. I have a tiny yard and do NOT want the pole in it. Plus, they do not have an easement in or through my yard. 

dave006

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2 months ago

What color flag(s) did USIC use in your yard? They mark existing utilities and proposed utilities.

What exactly does USIC do? USIC specializes in locating, marking, and mapping utility lines that are not covered by the 811 Call Before You Dig Process; for both design and excavation projects. A private locate is necessary when utility lines (most likely services) are owned by a private owner.

Dave

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USIC used an orange flag beside our driveway and placed it in an orange circle spray painted on the grass by them. We know none of our utilities run along this SIDE property line, only our lawn sprinkler line. We know we do not have a utility easement on our property. We will not allow any fiber optics or poles to be placed on our property by ATT or any other utility company. Our yard is tiny and a pole blocks access to our back yard. We will pursue legal action. WE DO NOT HAVE A UTILITY EASEMENT ON OUR PROPERTY!!

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2 months ago

Have you contacted your local property taxing authority with your concerns? 

They are the ones that regulate where utility  easements go and they might be interested to know that a utility is trying to place equipment OUTSIDE of the easement.

JefferMC

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2 months ago

As @dave006 says, typically USIC marks existing facilities, though I disagree with his statement "that are not covered by the 811 Call Before You Dig Process" because in some areas (e.g. in South Carolina), the 811 service uses USIC to perform the marking.

As to your other assertions, I agree with skeeterintexas, check with your local authorities about easements and/or right of ways.   As Mark Twain is credited with saying:

It ain’t what you don’t know that gets you into trouble. It’s what you know for sure that just ain’t so.

dave006

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2 months ago

@Davidruiz 

USIC used an orange flag beside our driveway and placed it in an orange circle spray painted on the grass by them. We know none of our utilities run along this SIDE property line, only our lawn sprinkler line.

We know we do not have a utility easement on our property. We will not allow any fiber optics or poles to be placed on our property by ATT or any other utility company.

Your public services may us emanate domain to take the space needed to provide common services.

You must have utilities within your property. From Water, Sewer, and Electrical service so you must have an Easement somewhere. Easements are normally shown as Dotted lines on either side of a property line on a Plat.

As Others have indicated above you need to contact your local city, county or area public services to understand what utilities currently exist on your property either above ground or as buried services.

USIC indicates exiting Communications (Telephone & Cable TV) (orange flags / paint) mark existing services. Not new or proposed additions.

Normally the round circles are where Copper Peds for Phone / Telc have been inadvertently buried. I had one of those cases where my builder buried my Telephone Pedistal under the middle of my driveway.

Note: they did not need to dig up my driveway to access the Copper service but did need a rather big hole in my side yard to tap the F2 Copper drop.

Dave

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