Residents often inquire about responsibility for the land adjacent to town roads. There is a common misunderstanding that the town owns the first 10 to 15 feet of property on either side of town-owned roads. Actually, the size of the town-owned land between the road and private property varies by property. In some cases there isn’t any town-owned land adjacent to a town-owned road.
Historically, the town has relied on property owners to maintain up to the road. The same is true for state-owned roads. If an owner does not maintain the town- or state-owned land adjacent to the road, either the own or the state trims the area when the growth becomes a traffic safety issue. Of course, the owners of the 80-plus private roads in town are responsible for their own maintenance. If overgrowth on private property is creating a safety issue, the town works with the owner to have them address the situation or allow the town to address, should they refuse to do so themselves.