PERU — Town of Peru officials have revoked an easement-settlement offer with a town resident, as work has stalled on a project to repair a sewer line in the hamlet.
The town has been attempting to complete a project to replace an aged sewer pipe that runs from North Bend Road to the Town Hall and serves several homes along Route 22.
The town received easements from most of the residents along the sewer line, so workers were able to go onto those properties and replace the sewer lines. However, officials had some difficulty in obtaining an easement from one resident, Thomas Powers, who balked at signing an original agreement because he initially believed the document absolved the town of paying for any damages that might result from work on his property.
“There are only two buildings not using the new sewer line, Tom Powers’s home and the Town Hall,” said Town Supervisor Peter Glushko. “His property easement is the holdup to finish hooking up both of those buildings to the new line.”
LEFT WITH EASEMENT
Thomas Powers said that he did sign an easement last summer and does not know why the town rejected it.
“I signed the easement before the deadline and had it notarized,” he said, identifying Aug. 22 as the day he submitted the agreement to the town. “I received a letter four days later that it was rescinded. When that happened, I went in and took my easement back.”
Glushko said the original easement did not include the signature of the co-owner, Powers’s wife, Eileen.
“We informed him of that requirement, and he came into the Town Hall the following week with his wife, had her sign it in front of a notary public and then took the signed easement and walked out of the Town Hall,” he said.