There was a notice in the most recent neighborhood newsletter concerning a new gas pipeline that's supposed to be installed in the Center-something easement. The notice encouraged residents to attend the public meeting which will be held at the Civic Center (400 West Walker) from 6 to 8 pm this coming Tuesday April 24.
This prompted me to contact the outreach contractor to try to get a better idea of what exactly is being proposed here.
According to my phone chat and emails with them, the thing is to be laid in the CenterPoint easement, NOT the Centerpointe easement. Let me try to explain.
We do, in fact, have a curiously-large utility easement that partially runs behind Walnut Pointe and is then sandwiched between Arlington Pointe and Boxelder Pointe. It consists of three linear tracts of land whose owner of record is our homeower's assocation, as follows:
|Exhibit A, near Calder and Centerpointe Drive.|
|Exhibit B, in back of Walnut Pointe (primarily).|
|Exhibit C, between Boxelder and Arlington.|
OK, so there's that. But there is also a major easement to the east of us, which in vernacular speech, I've sometimes heard referred to as "the CenterPoint easement". That's the thing east of the stormwater ponds with all those high-lines.
|This thing. During last year's drought, this was one of the line sets that they had to clean the salt from using high-pressure water sprays from this helicopter.|
|Sorry about the crummy res.|
But I digress. As I said, Mr. Randy Perry with Emerald Coast Energy Resources LLC (music alert on the URL) confirmed that this new gas pipeline will not be laid in OUR easement. Given the ambiguity surrounding the naming of these things, I might show up at the public meeting anyway, just to confirm and get more information, but there's that much, at least.
The whole thing raises another series of questions, though. Why does such a wide easement run through Centerpointe anyway?
I can take a guess at one reason right off the bat...
|Centerpointe's sewage lift station is located at the northeast corner of the easement. That's that mysterious thing behind the wooden privacy fence near the large tree and near the section of wrought iron fence at the Boxelder cul-de-sac.|
|This thing. |
(Why does the Googlemobile take so many pics straight into the sun?!)
These are the lingering questions that I have. Perhaps we can get some feedback from the developer.