Washington Evening Journal
111 North Marion Avenue
Washington, IA 52353
WASHINGTON — The city of Washington begins sidewalk inspections on Friday, determining which parts of the community’s walkways need repairs to promote health and safety. This year’s inspections will focus on the city’s second quadrant.
“The City of Washington will have staff starting sidewalk inspections on Friday and they will continue into the coming weeks,” City Clerk Sally Hart said. “This program is an effort to improve and promote walkability and safety in town.”
The second quadrant is roughly the area east of Second Avenue and north of Washington Street, according to City Planning and Zoning Official Jeff Duwa.
The city inspects each quadrant of the city once every four years, sharing repair costs with residents at a reimbursement rate of $4.00 per square foot once work is completed, according to a news release.
“The property owner may choose to repair the sidewalk by themselves or by a contractor. Repairs will need to be completed before July 1, 2023 and will require a city permit,” the news release said. “The sidewalk installation must meet all city guidelines and must be inspected by city staff before pouring the new sidewalk.
“All sidewalks identified as non-compliant that have not been repaired by July 1, 2023, will be repaired by a contractor chosen by the City. The city will contract the work and bill the property owner their portion. The property owner will have 30 days after receiving the bill to pay. If it is not paid in 30 days, the bill will be assessed to the property with additional fees.”
Some areas may need extra work to become compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act. In those cases, the city said it planned to assist with layouts and supply paneling for curb ramps.