Q May a municipality obtain what amounts to temporary easements from property owners in order to allow the municipality to install water and sewer lines owned by the municipality but placing the burden of maintenance and repairs of those lines on the property owners?

A No, while the municipality may construct a utility line on private property, subject to proper easement, when such construction is part of the overall purpose and plan of providing present and future utility service to the general public, it may not require the private landowner to maintain and repair such utility lines. Furthermore, a temporary easement does not appear to the best course of action. The municipality would have to maintain its easement interest to preserve ownership of the utility lines. (Attorney Generalís Opinion to Blessey, November 30, 2016)