Who wants a great big hole in their property, especially with all the rain we’ve had lately?
Not Yogi Gupta of south Overland Park, who contacted the Watchdog about utility work being done by AT&T. He said workers dug a six-foot trench in his backyard, ostensibly for laying cable, and left it open for close to six weeks.
Besides the stinking rainwater, he said, it became a resting place for a skunk that “sprays its wonderful odor in the pleasant evening.”
Gupta said he nagged AT&T to no avail. Even after a technician finally visited, nothing changed.
Just days after the Watchdog alerted the city and AT&T to the problem, it was fixed. Company spokesman Chris Lester said the hole was filled in and grass seed was applied.
Overland Park officials said the city does not have regulatory authority within a utility easement on private property.
“However, if a public safety issue is present, such as an open ditch left unfilled beyond a reasonable amount of time, the city, when notified, then contacts the responsible utility company, which generally responds quickly, as was done in this case,” said city spokesman Sean Reilly.
The Watchdog says he is glad to help resolve the problem, but he feels bad for that now-homeless skunk.
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