My question involves real estate located in the State of: South Dakota
Construction of a multi-family housing development began two weeks ago in our residential neighborhood. It's being built two lots over from our property line. Yesterday we received a utility easement contract in the mail from the local power company for a 10' wide path across our 125' property to run an underground line.
After we read the contract, my husband and I decided not to sign because the easement would block our plans to build a larger garage and add any structures or improvements that would encumber the 10' wide path or prevent heavy equipment from being able to access it. (We purchased our house and the adjacent property for the specific purpose of building a larger garage and workshop. If we can't, the property will no longer suit our needs.)
Because we're doing some remodeling work to the house, we've been living elsewhere for the past couple weeks. When we stopped at the property a few hours after we received the easement contract in the mail, we discovered the power company had installed a pad transformer in our yard earlier in the day. There's no trench. However, we're not sure if they used a trenchless method to bury the line. Their heavy truck left deep grooves and tire impressions all over our lawn because the sod is very soft.
What happens when a utility company moves forward with their plans before an easement is even signed? We'd be happy if they removed the transformer and any underground lines they may have installed. Is this easier said than done?
There are other options to bring power to the new housing development. Running through our property and our neighbor's property is a straight shot and the least expensive route.
Thanks for your feedback.