CITY OF FORT WRIGHT
SIDEWALK REPAIR POLICY

July 10, 2017

Dear Neighbor:

I wanted to bring a recent change to City policy regarding sidewalk maintenance and repair to your attention. City Council recently passed an ordinance that updated the process for repairing and replacing sidewalks throughout the city. The new ordinance places this responsibility on the city instead of the property owner. Of course, there are exceptions to every rule and this case is no different. If the sidewalk is damaged through the actions of a homeowner or his/her construction crew, the homeowner may still bear responsibility for repairs. However, as a general rule, sidewalks that have deteriorated over time due to weather, wear and tear, etc. will be repaired by the city. One of the reasons I share this information with you now is because you may be considering a sidewalk repair project at your home. If you are, you may want to delay that project and contact the city.

Over the course of the next month, the city will be accepting bids from qualified contractors to inventory and repair sidewalks throughout the city. Once a qualified contractor is selected we will enter into a multi-year contract to address sidewalk issues throughout the city. It is our hope to have all the issues addressed over the course of the next 6 years. We have divided the city into 6 sectors for this project and the current goal is to address one sector per year. Once an inventory of the issues is completed, we will prioritize the repairs by sector and get to work on addressing the problems.

Please note that if you have an issue with the sidewalk in front of your property you can still address it directly, you are not required to wait for the city. But understand that if you do take on a sidewalk repair project yourself, the city will not cover the cost at this time and the work must meet city standards for sidewalk repair.

We do have a provision in the new policy that allows homeowners to request funds from the city for sidewalk repair. We will send out information in the future that describes how that program will be handled. At this time, this is not an option as we have to first get our inventory of sidewalk repair issues completed before we can determine if a private project falls under the umbrella of planned repairs. However, we anticipate that it will be in place by early fall.

If you have any questions, please contact me directly at dhatter@fortwright.com or contact Ed Butler, our city administrator, at ebutler@fortwright.com or via phone at 859-331-1700.

Best Regards,

Dave Hatter, Mayor

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