LA CANADA FLINTRIDGE -- About 80 sewer district 2 respondents were
favorable to a city letter assessing their willingness to grant
easements, giving city officials hope that access to private property
won't create problems if sewer district 2 is approved by voters.
Ballots will be sent to the residents of district 2 on Wednesday and
they'll have 45 days to cast their vote. Sewer district 2 includes 1,352
homes north of Foothill Boulevard, bookended by Gould Avenue and La
The district has 170 property owners who the city hopes will grant
easements if the sewer vote passes. An easement allows sewers lines to be
installed on private driveways and gives the L.A. County Sewer
Maintenance District the right to enter onto driveways to service the
sewers. An easement is recorded against the title of the house and all
future owners will have to recognize it, City Engineer Elroy Kiepke said.
If the city doesn't get easements, "it would slow up the process,"
City Manager Jerry Fulwood said. "It would create added challenges for
those property owners who didn't grant them."
If one or more residents on a private driveway don't grant an
easement, then lateral sewer lines couldn't be run up driveway to connect
to homes, Kiepke said. Instead, residents would each run individual pipes
the length of the driveway, Kiepke said.
Another possible solution for rejected easement requests would be for
sewer engineers and designers to work around the properties where
easements were refused, Fulwood said.
Fulwood said he's encouraged by the response to the letter, which was
sent to gauge whether easements might become a problem if sewers are
approved. The letter was mailed to 170 residents on April 5. Only two of
the 80 responses were negative, he said.
"With any type of mailing, to receive 50% response is exceptional," he