Lebanon Reporter

November 16, 2012

New ordinance could restrict easement work

By Sarah Lang
Staff writer

Lebanon — Companies seeking to place structures in the city’s rights-of-way will soon have to first obtain a permit if a new ordinance is approved by the Lebanon City Council.

The ordinance was unanimously approved on first reading at Tuesday’s meeting.

City Planning Director Charlie Campbell first brought the issue of utility box eyesores popping up in rights-of-way and easements across the city to the council’s attention in January. He said there wasn’t anything he could do at the time to stop companies from placing these large boxes in easements, because it is in their legal right to do so. But people began to complain about them because, though in easements, these boxes were becoming a visual nuisance.

City Attorney Bob Clutter said Tuesday that the most obvious structures are above ground, but there are also a lot of things below ground.

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