Received a letter from the City, advising that my property has been identified as having insufficient right of way to accommodate street improvements and sidewalk construction. They provided an Easement Agreement for me to sign and return. I would not receive compensation for granting the easement. I would also lose a 75 year old tree, and almost half of my front yard. I would also be burdened with the responsibility of maintaining the newly installed sidewalk, and assume the liability risk associated with same.
Must I grant this easement without receiving compensation from the City? If I do not grant the easement, will the City likely get it through the courts?