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City of Washington Repairing Sidewalks with New Program

Posted: Thursday, June 14th, 2018 at 6:26 am
Author: Sally Y. Hart - KCII News

Starting this summer, each year a quadrant of the City of Washington will be surveyed for necessary sidewalk repairs.

Those repair costs will then be split between the homeowner and the city. The maximum reimbursement will be $500 per home, or $1,000 for those on corner lots. City engineering technician Keith Henkel says it’s to make the town safer, “It’s being done, like I said again, to be proactive instead of reactive. We’re hoping to avoid problems, people tripping, people getting injured and things while using the public facilities and sidewalks.”

This year the northwest quadrant is being fixed. Homeowners have the option to have the cost assessed to their property so it can be spread out over time. Those who have repairs this year, approximately 170 properties, were sent letters and a copy of their inspection report, along with a follow-up sheet. They are asked to submit that follow-up to the city indicating whether they’ll be hiring their own contractor or if they’d like the city to bid the work; those forms are due by July 9th.

It will be an ongoing project, meaning the northwest quadrant will be up again for inspection in four years.