Eversource starts to seal off Tisbury electrical corridor

Fence is going up to deter illegal dumping.

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A contractor for Eversource works on erecting a fence on Lantern Lane. - Rich Saltzberg

Eversource contractors laid down wooden rails on either side of Lantern Lane in Tisbury on Friday, effectively sealing off the electrical corridor that runs perpendicular to the street. The work started Thursday, and is expected to run two weeks, according to Eversource spokesman Reid Lamberty. All or most of the electrical corridor in Tisbury will be cordoned off.

On Friday, workers also set a gate on the border of 22 Lantern Lane, a commercial parcel with a warehouse and trucks onsite owned by Bruce McGregor via a trust. MacGregor could not be reached for comment. Two police cruisers watched over the Eversource workers, who used a small tractor to aid in their work. Lamberty said a total of 18 galvanized steel gates will be installed, along with sections of wooden barriers. 

Eversource is “doing this out of concerns for safety,” specifically to stop “repeated dumping” on the utility’s “distribution right of way.” 

Letters have been sent out to abutters, Lamberty said. The gates “will be locked,” but a no-key double-locking mechanism will allow both Eversource and various landowners to unlock the gate as needed. 

Eversource has “incurred the costs” to clean up parts of the easement zone, and is now “looking to stop the unauthorized use of our easement” in collaboration with Tisbury officials, Lamberty said. “We have the full support of the town,” he said. 

Lamberty said the work is “consistent with the program” Eversource has enacted throughout Eastern Massachusetts. “This has been a public process for over a year,” selectman Jeff Kristal said. He said Eversource has had to shell out a lot to keep the easement clear of debris and also paid about $250,000 to clean up dumped oil. 

Last year while Kristal and other town officials were on a walk along one section of the electrical easement, they witnessed a landscaper try to illegally dump material, he said. 

Not every abutter is on board with the Eversource project. “They keep throwing our easement agreement in our face,” Steve Bradley of 12 Lantern Lane said. Bradley said in the 1940s, when the area was subdivided, a handwritten real estate instrument was executed that stipulated Eversource’s predecessor would specify where the easement was, and would draw up a plan showing this. “That has never been found,” Bradley said. “The issue is they’re coming onto private property and building stuff, and telling us we can’t do anything about it.” Bradley said court is “probably going to be the only recourse.”

Asked if Eversource surveyed ahead of making installations, Lamberty told The Times there was no surveying done for gates and barriers. 

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    • I own a 50 foot strip of land. Eversource has an easement (not a right of way) on said land. They have the right to maintain their powerlines as stated in the deed. I have the right to use my land: plant a garden, play soccer, ride a bike… How can I till my garden with a tractor if Eversource builds a barrier that keeps me from getting TO MY OWN LAND ON WHICH I PAY TAXES? If Eversource wants complete control over MY LAND, then they should make me an offer to buy it!

      Also, if you look at the photo above. The barrier on the right side continues (farthest away in the distance) approximately 8 feet past the sideline of the easement. Eversource has NO RIGHTS on that completely private land. A portion of that barrier will have to be removed. It’s on completely private property. Eversource doesn’t know where their easement is, yet they build industrial barriers anyway. Perhaps they should have had the sideline staked out by a surveyor before spending money on barriers that will inevitably have to be removed, altered and adjusted!

  1. Illegal dumping initiated this response??? Where were the police??? Shouldn’t they have put a stop to it??? It seems to be an extreme measure to start fencing everything off when the local cops could be out enforcing this the illegal dumping (haven’t seen those cases in the court report). The chief must have been to busy coming up with BS cover stories for his mistakes… not enough time to have police do their jobs. UPS solves crime, Boch builds park, Eversource fences off town… tax payers lose more money while the selectmen take walks and plan field trips.

  2. When you look at the electrical right-of-way using Google’s Satellite view you quickly see the offenders and the reason for this. Should we thank those offenders for helping to raise the cost of delivering electricity to us?

  3. They were working there and some people came by and illegally dumped stuff?
    No wonder why a certain group of landscapers are undercutting everyone for price.
    If you don’t pay to get rid of your waste, like the people that play by the rules,
    that’s a large cost savings. How could any reputable contractor compete with that?
    Keep an eye out for these people, it’s time for some arrests and large fines and some MEDIA ATTENTION!

    • Perhaps it is the Semi-trailers, the abandoned boats, The abandoned metals, the abandoned camper trailers, and those structure actually built on the Eversource right of way….. and about the person who set up target practice to shoot ………….

  4. What they have done is unconscionable——maintaining the power grid- spraying to keep vegetation under control-ALL GOOD, but you can’t take away access to property that you own and pay taxes on

  5. As a Lantern Lane Resident I see no issues here, can we FINALLY get the road paved and give our vehicles less of a beating?

  6. It looks like these properties have access from named streets, not from an easement under the powerlines. Nobody accesses their property from powerlines , at least they shouldn’t.

  7. Some of the properties do have access thru an easement. Eversource could have gone about this a little differently where it was impacting actual homeowners and residents.

    • maybe one or two has access thru easements, many more don’t and still use it. Who owns the property with all those campers and cars on it under the power lines in the easement. I am sure that is not allowed under the easement language even if you own the property. Eversource notified my cousin who has property adjacent and told them this barrier project was occurring. That was last summer.

  8. Asked if Eversource surveyed ahead of making installations, Lamberty told The Times there was no surveying done for gates and barriers. This from the Eversource spokesman-You must be kidding me. Never heard of anything so outlandish in my life.

  9. If you read the article carefully it states that the property owners will be given the ability to unlock the gates and access their property. The fencing is used off island in every city and town, nothing new. Why should Eversource continue to have to clean up all the junk that is left up there? Take a ride through and you will see for yourself what people dump. The police would have to patrol that area 24/7 in order to enforce what permanent fencing will take care of. It’s a change, yes, but don’t panic. If I owned property along there I would be grateful that the dumping on my land was going to end.

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