|Did someone say "sewer"?|
By Elizabeth Kruska
Longtime readers of our fair blog know that we here at SCOV Law keep an eye on Vermont Supreme Court trends. We know the current hot issues tend to be shenanigans with probation conditions and shenanigans with homeowners associations. This is the latter. Sort of.
Did you know—and it is entirely possible you did not know this—that individual people are allowed to own sewer systems? I’m looking around my workspace right now and I see that I own a lot of things, many of which I probably don’t need. One thing I know I don’t own, nor do I want to, is a sewer system. Because the problem, apparently, is if you own a sewer system, that when you die (and really, I’m not trying to be grim but we’re all going to die), it probably ought to be clear what’s going to happen with that sewer system. And you know what, as an added bonus, let’s throw in some roads and a water system, also, just so that we’ve got a big problem to untangle.
Let’s back up to the late 1970s. Mr. and Mrs. Hayes owned some land in Manchester and decide to develop that land in to a housing subdivision. It was a different time. There was still lead in our gasoline. Coca-Cola came in glass bottles. “Bad President” was defined as “Peanut Farmer.”