Editor's note: Robert Bruss is temporarily away and will return next week. The following column from Bruss' "Best of" collection first appeared Sunday, June 25, 2006. Not too long ago, a neighbor asked if I knew where our sewer and storm drains are located. He apparently wants to adjust the drainage on his property to drain into the public storm sewer drain, which I knew adjoins our lots. After that brief conversation, I checked the legal description for my property. All it says is the city has a public utility easement along the northerly 5 feet of my property. But the easement description doesn't say what underground utilities are there and exactly where they are located. Purchase Bob Bruss reports online. Further research in the public records might reveal exactly what underground public utility easements pass through my property and exactly where they are located. WHAT IS AN EASEMENT? Virtually every property in an urban area is subject to one or more easements. An easement is t...
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