From our neighbors north of Speedway in The Garden District comes this article. There may be easements in Peter Howell neighborhood where this approach might be appropriate.
Some neighbors have banded together and collected the funds necessary to gate the entrances to the easements behind their homes. This was recently done at the Columbus entrance to the easement between Lester and Linden since the residents had been having difficulty with criminal activity and homeless people using the easement as a bathroom.
The residents also decided to lock the easement using a word combination lock with letters. This made it easy to give the combination to all the neighbors along the easement so that everyone could have access to the easement. The gate was locked using the padlock and a slightly longer chain than necessary.
A TEP repairman told us that the first time a utility company comes into a newly fenced and locked easement, they will cut one link of the chain to access the easement. When they leave, they will secure the chain again by adding one of their company’s padlocks, locking together the pieces of chain. All the employees have the key to their own company’s padlocks. When a different utility company comes in they will do the same process, so that there could be multiple padlocks daisy chained together on the chain of your gate.
The TEP tech said that each utility company has their field employees carry extra padlocks keyed to their company’s key, so they are always prepared when encountering a locked gate. The tech said he cuts chains all the time and then adds the TEP lock to secure it when he is done. May 2019