[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Meeting of the Town of Bethlehem 4-26-1966. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Under the provisions of the Connecticut General Statutes, the Town may make provision to enter into or upon any land to correct the flow of surface water through watercourses which prevent the free discharge of municipal highway surface water through said courses. Persons authorized to construct or repair highways may make or clear any watercourse or place for draining off the water therefrom into or through any person's land as far as is necessary to drain off such water. No one shall erect any dwelling or other building, or create any yard, or place any goods or merchandise or place any obstruction in the way of the free discharge of surface water through established watercourses without first obtaining written permission from the Selectmen.
Should any relocation or extension of a culvert or watercourse be necessary, the expense of such relocation or extension shall, unless otherwise agreed upon by the Selectmen, be borne by the property owner requesting the change.
Should any obstruction be illegally placed in the way of draining off surface and highway water, the Selectmen shall cause to have the obstruction removed. The person, firm or corporation responsible for placing the obstruction may be assessed the costs of the removal.