Easement problem: Woman calls 12 for help - NBC12 - WWBT - Richmond, VA News On Your Side

12 ON YOUR SIDE

Easement problem: Woman calls 12 for help

  • 12 On Your Side12 On Your SideMore>>

  • Blocked county line sends human waste pouring inside home

    Blocked county line sends human waste pouring inside home

    Thursday, May 24 2018 9:38 PM EDT2018-05-25 01:38:50 GMT
    A blocked county sewer line sent human waste pouring inside the home. (Source: NBC12)A blocked county sewer line sent human waste pouring inside the home. (Source: NBC12)
    A blocked county sewer line sent human waste pouring inside the home. (Source: NBC12)A blocked county sewer line sent human waste pouring inside the home. (Source: NBC12)

    A Mechanicsville family was forced to throw away everything in their home. The reason was a blocked county sewer line that sent human waste pouring inside.

    More >>

    A Mechanicsville family was forced to throw away everything in their home. The reason was a blocked county sewer line that sent human waste pouring inside.

    More >>
  • Freezer stolen from non-profit that helps feed community

    Freezer stolen from non-profit that helps feed community

    Wednesday, May 23 2018 6:18 PM EDT2018-05-23 22:18:53 GMT
    The Way Director Brian Purcell said this freezer was stolen from his non-profit over the weekend (Source: Brian Purcell)The Way Director Brian Purcell said this freezer was stolen from his non-profit over the weekend (Source: Brian Purcell)

    A Sandston non-profit that helps people in the community dealing with hunger, homelessness and addiction, needs help after their biggest freezer was stolen. 

    More >>

    A Sandston non-profit that helps people in the community dealing with hunger, homelessness and addiction, needs help after their biggest freezer was stolen. 

    More >>
  • New Kent homeowners frustrated about height of neighbor's grass

    New Kent homeowners frustrated about height of neighbor's grass

    Wednesday, May 23 2018 8:25 AM EDT2018-05-23 12:25:27 GMT
    New Kent County homeowners frustrated about neighbor's unkempt yard (Source: NBC12)New Kent County homeowners frustrated about neighbor's unkempt yard (Source: NBC12)

    Homeowners in Central Virginia may be dealing with some tall grass in their yards following last week’s rainy weather, but some residents in New Kent County say high grass has always been an issue for them. 

    More >>

    Homeowners in Central Virginia may be dealing with some tall grass in their yards following last week’s rainy weather, but some residents in New Kent County say high grass has always been an issue for them. 

    More >>

By Diane Walker - bio | email
Posted by Terry Alexander - email

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - A homeowner called 12 on Your Side for help about getting three utility boxes, smack in the middle of her backyard moved someplace else. We visited her home and found they are in a most unusual place. 

What seems like a simple problem is somewhat complicated. It's really a fight over easements and rights-of-way. An easement gives utility companies the right to access and in this case, depending on who's right, the easement is a good portion of Wanda's yard.

Wanda Bennett three utility pedestals are in her backyard. She's complained to Ryan Homes, to relocate them, so they're in line with her neighbors - in a common area, outside their fences, not in their yards.

"I'm going to have to put a fence around 3 utility units," said Wanda. "Where's my kids gonna play at, are they going to lean on those?"

Here's what we've learned. Those conspicuous pedestals would cost about $2,000 each to move and nobody's jumping to pay. Verizon says it's investigating to see if the pedestals are within the easement.

Dominion and Comcast, both, say they are. Comcast says it wasn't aware of the problem until we alerted them Tuesday but, will work to find a viable option for Wanda.       

"Every time I call Dominion Power, they point the finger at Ryan; Ryan points the finger at the developer," said Wanda.

Dominion says the pedestals were placed, on what they thought would always be a vacant lot, not someone's yard. An attorney for Ryan Homes has not answered our e-mail. But, in a letter to Wanda, says, it will install a fence, plant shrubs, but will not pay any expenses to have the pedestals moved.

"On my deed, it actually shows my easement right here. It's like on an edge, right out here, that's what my deed says," Wanda said.

But, two of the three utilities say the pink flags show the easement taking up a big part of her yard.

"I am being mistreated," she said.

Wanda says a neighbor had the same problem, and Ryan Homes relocated the pedestals. She says she wants the same thing. Wanda's neighbors are on her side. About 30 of them sent letters of support to Ryan Homes. We'll let you know the utilities decide.

(c) 2009. WWBT, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.
Powered by Frankly