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HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. -- To say that people in the Parkside neighborhood have a gas problem, would be understating it!

Tom Wulf is one of the newer neighbors, just in from Tampa. He s upset that Piedmont Natural Gas has decided to re-claim its 50 foot easement that runs through the middle of the neighborhood.
Why s Tom so upset?

He s upset because some of his $8,000 worth of landscaping sits on that easement.

This was after HOA approval and the landscaper even staked it out, but now I m being told it s got to go, says Tom.

Down the street, Cari Smith is concerned about her landscaping too, the landscaping she says the builder originally put in when the home was built. If it s moved beyond a certain stake and out of the easement, her yard shrinks -- a lot!

And then there s Nina s house across the street. Her house sits parallel to the easement, and the 50 foot re-claim puts the stakes almost right up against her house, meaning a lot of her fence has to go.

So we re looking at a big chunk of everyone s yard, on the line, that s what s being affected, Nina told us.

Piedmont says they need the 50 feet in case they have to dig to make repairs, and if the repairs are urgent, they say they don t have time to take down fences and uproot mature landscaping.

David Trusty is with Piedmont Gas and says, If we are working with a customer or property owner, we ll reimburse, not that we have to, but that s usually the way we d approach it.

The work hasn t started yet, but will soon, so for the moment, the neighbors will have to rely on the good faith and judgment of their gas company.

Issues like easements should be mentioned at the closing when you buy property, and it should always be listed in the property plot map and survey. But it s still important for you to ask, then go see it, and maybe measure it, so you know exactly where it is so you don t get surprised later on like these people did.

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