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Revised map prepared for city sidewalk program

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Reynoldsburg City Council is expected to approve a revised map detailing the locations of a sidewalk repair program this month, but residents will likely be given about a year after the program begins to replace the sidewalks that are damaged.

Service Director Nathan Burd said legislation with the new map will get a third reading at the July 14 council meeting.

"If the city council votes to approve the map after that third reading, it is not marked as an emergency, so there will likely be a 30-day waiting period," he said. "After that, I'll ask our engineers to do a detailed cost estimate and will take it back to council for a separate piece of legislation, to see if they want to move forward with that phase."

That would be phase 6 of the program, since phases 1-5 were completed between 1999 and 2002.

Burd said phase 6 includes the area west of Rosehill Road and north of East Main Street.

"Residents would be given a period of time and the option to fix their own sidewalk panels, if they so choose," he said. "They could do the work themselves, or hire a contractor."

If residents do not repair their sidewalks, the city will do the work and assess homeowners' property taxes to pay for the work.

"There would be some criteria established for the repairs and the city would have to inspect it afterward," Burd said. "Most residents in the past have let the city do the repairs."

The cost of repairs for each resident is hard to estimate because it depends on how damaged the sidewalks in front of their homes are.

"The engineers will give us a big book of all the addresses in that phase that need work done and we will then share that documentation with the residents," Burd said. "We will also likely do a public meeting and try to give residents as much information as we can."

The average assessment for phase 5 was $619 per property, Burd said.

"Again, that was the average. ... Some residents in phase 6 may have only one panel or none to replace," he said.

Money for the sidewalk program will come from an account that City Auditor Richard Harris said was first established in the 1990s. He told council last September that he had discovered $650,000 in the dormant account that cannot be used for anything but sidewalk repairs.

Phase 7 would include portions of Livingston Avenue, Reynoldsburg-Baltimore Road and Brice Road.

Phase 8 would include East Main Street, Taylor Road, Kingsley Drive, Morningstar Court, Sealyham Drive, Landseer Drive and Brindle Court.

Burd said the legislation to approve the map does not authorize work to begin on phase 6.

"Once the map is approved, city council would have to approve a resolution of necessity to move forward on the sidewalk program," he said.

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