AVON — An Avon property owner was floored when he came home from work to find that the entire rear of his property had been bulldozed by the Town Highway Department without the owners permission.
During last Thursday’s Avon Town Board meeting, David Williams, of Avon, addressed the Town Board on the delay in the repair and planting of new trees after they informed him the work would be done over the summer. Williams also brought up that he is unhappy with the Town placing a stipulation on the repairs, and that he is willing to consent to a permanent easement.
“Before we talk about any easement, let’s just get the land you destroyed, without my permission, fixed,” said Williams. “I’ve been patient through this whole process, but this is getting a little ridiculous. You said you would have it fixed, and now you say you will only fix it with a permanent easement.”
According to Williams, back in 2013 Town Highway Superintendent Tom Crye went into Williams’s land on the understanding that it was the property of someone else’s who had given permission for the work, and cleared out a drain area between Royal Springs and Rte 15. Crye mistakenly flattened Williams’ land, including William’s hardwood trees, and rutted up the whole rear of Williams’s lot.
“We made a mistake and are going to do the right thing and repair the land,” said Avon Town Supervisor David LeFeber. ” We didn’t think we were on his property, and thought we were doing a good thing to help the drainage.”
Making matters worse for Williams, the town kept postponing the repairs, partly due to being so slammed from flooding this past summer.
Williams agreed to a temporary easement for the Town to repair the land, and upon completion of repairs, he will discuss the potential for a long term easement.
PHOTO CAPTION: (Photo Provided by David Williams)