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Monticello will work with property owners in certain circumstances to allow permanent infrastructure within a drainage and utility easement. In such a case, a property owner signs an encroachment agreement acknowledging the city may need to complete future work within the easement area which may cause the infrastructure to be damaged or removed. The property owner is responsible for any repairs or replacement.
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Drainage and utility easements allow the City of Monticello and utility companies (i.e. gas, phone, and electric) to access a portion of each property for the purpose of providing services and adequate draining.
Modifying ground elevations or grade within any drainage and utility easement is not allowed. Easements are used to direct stormwater runoff away from other homes and into ponds and storage areas before entering the city's storm sewer system. Even slight modifications in grade can cause significant changes in drainage patterns.
The following permanent infrastructure is prohibited: