I went on a 5 day vacation last week, and came home to find a post cemented into my front lawn. It's a steel post about 8 feet high, with steel cable running from it, over the sidewalk and up to the telephone poll in front of my house. Surrounding the post in my lawn, is a one foot in diameter cement base...And it's all sitting square in the center of my property, about 2 feet in from the sidewalk. This telephone poll has been leaning for 30 years according to the long time residents on the block, and it's pretty obvious this thing was put there to support the post...But there are a bunch of things bugging me about this: When they put the post in, they broke my underground sprinkler system. They also cracked two, 2'x2' sections of my walk..the same two sections I was ordered by the county to redo last year. They did this without notifying me. My deed has no encroachments, which according to a friend means it wasn't legal for the power company to do this. A real estate appraiser relative of my wifes said this will have an impact on the value of my property. And, I've spent the past week, 15 phone calls in all, trying to speak to someone at the power company only to get the run around and promises of call backs which never came. I'm pissed off at the whole thing. I want my sprinkler system and sidewalk repaired, and I want them to pay for it. More importantly, if this post is going to decrease the value of my property, then I either want the post removed, or I want compensation. There's no reason why the power company's reluctance to spend the money necessary to replace this pole should cost me money in terms of my property value. I pay my electric bill every month, the maintenance of their utility poles is their problem, not mine. Short of seeking a lawyer, which I'll do if I must, does anyone have any suggestions on how to deal with this?