Upper Arlington City Council is considering a change to city code that will allow residents who don't want to wait for the city to repair deteriorating curbs to do the work themselves.

Upper Arlington City Council is considering a change to city code that will allow residents who don't want to wait for the city to repair deteriorating curbs to do the work themselves.

According to the city's current policy, curbs and gutters are replaced when roads are repaved. There is also a spot-repair program on streets with less than 15 percent of deteriorated curb-and-gutter sections.

"The annual street maintenance and repair program tries to replace the worst curbs and gutters around the city but has never had enough money to keep up," city engineer Tom Komlanc said an April 20 staff report.

According to the city's survey of neighboring communities, Gahanna residents are responsible for the curbs that run the length of their properties. The city of Worthington allows residents to apply for driveway-repair permits that include curbs and gutters.

Upper Arlington residents would be able to obtain similar permits if city council approves the change to city code.

"If you have that skill, you can take out a homeowners' affidavit and pour your own concrete," development director Dean Sivinski said during a discussion pending the code change at council's April 20 conference session.

Council member Erik Yassenoff said he initiated the legislation after speaking with a friend who lives on Berkshire Road.

"He had re-sodded his yard, and that same day there was a torrential downpour. The re-sodded yard just slid into the street because the curb had deteriorated," Yassenoff said. "He contacted the city about getting the curb repaired and was told that the maintenance on Berkshire wasn't (due) for another five years."

Yassenoff said he has spoken to fellow council members about pushing for more funding in the next budget cycle for curb and gutter repair in the annual street maintenance program.

"They put money aside for that, but it always gets used up before it gets to curb patching," he said. "We want to increase the money in that fund and make sure it goes just to curb repair."

Council's first reading and public hearing of the curbs-and-gutter legislation was held April 27; the second is scheduled for May 11. The third and final reading, followed by a council vote, is scheduled for May 26.

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