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Utility Easement Mowing to Begin Soon

Monday, May 6, 2019
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High grass and tree saplings obscure the view and access to about three manholes in this easement off King Street.

A contractor for the town is expected to begin mowing water and sewer rights of way on May 13.

The work, to be performed by Wellsmont Landscaping, will begin on the south side of town, near Hillsborough’s water tank in the Waterstone development. It will move north until all easements are cleared, finishing near Pathways Elementary School. Mowing is expected to take four to five weeks, depending on weather.

Please stay alert for mowing crews for your safety and the safety of workers.

What are easements?

Easements may look like cleared paths that lead to nowhere, but they grant the Utilities Department the right to access, maintain, repair or replace a town asset. These areas must be periodically mowed and cleared of brush to keep them accessible for routine maintenance and for emergency response.

Before you plant or build, make sure you are aware of any easements on your property. The town will not replace any plants, fences, sheds or other structures that are removed from a town easement when utilities workers need to access the easement. The town also is unable to plant or maintain any trees or bushes within its easements.