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Drainage Work Notice

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Reviewed Date: October 07, 2020

Original Author: 
Chlarson, John
Date of Material: 
Jun 17, 2015

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Drainage Work Notice

This drainage notice letter template may be used to notify property owners that maintenance activities will be conducted on a drainage way that crosses their property.

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This is to notify you that the City of Three Way will be conducting drainage maintenance activities on a drainage way that crosses your property on the day of month, year.

This drainage way serves to conduct water away from _____________ Street. The drainage way has become impeded over time and causes stormwater to back up and cross over the road at times. The maintenance will remove impedances, including brush, roots, trees, fill, sediment, debris, etc., to re-establish the natural flow line of the ditch and alleviate the issue of potential flooding of the roadway.

In accordance with common law and usage in the State of Tennessee, the City has “prescriptive right of way” and “right of entry” to conduct whatever maintenance the drainage way needs in order to serve the City’s street.

This also serves as notice that the intentional impedance of the drainage way by any property owner, whether by filling or by dumping, is a violation. The City must exercise police powers and take legal action should any person take any action that impedes the drainage of the public right of way.

Please contact City Hall at ___________ should you have any additional questions.




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