As the weather starts to heat up, summer sidewalk repairs are getting under way in Powell.

As the weather starts to heat up, summer sidewalk repairs are getting under way in Powell.

At its May 21 meeting, Powell City Council approved plans to repair sidewalks in front of 89 homes.

Residents are responsible for maintaining the sidewalks in front of privately owned parcels. They were notified of the need for repairs earlier this month.

Sidewalks included in the plan were deemed to be below city standards after a survey by the engineering department. The parcels in question are located in the southern portion of the city, largely in the Liberty Lakes subdivision.

Repairs are estimated to cost between $100 to $2,300, depending on the state of the sidewalk.

Each year, officials perform an in-depth inspection of about one-fifth of the city's sidewalks, said city Engineer Rob Rice. All sidewalks are inspected on a five-year cycle.

"Generally speaking, we're looking for vertical separation between blocks, large cracks or lifted blocks," Rice said. "We have a targeted area each year, and in addition to that, we do look at all sidewalks in the entire city and inspect those for large safety concerns."

Residents have the option to complete the repairs themselves, or they can be billed after the city completes the work.

Work completed by outside contractors must pass an inspection by the city, Rice said.

Also at the May 21 meeting, council heard a first reading of a development plan for a new residential section of the Golf Village subdivision.

The plan includes 20 lots on about 10 acres at the far northwest section of Golf Village.

Council members said the development will permanently connect Golf Village with adjacent areas; currently, the land features a temporary bike bath.

"A lot of people will be excited to see this connection come through, and it's coming through a lot sooner than I really expected," said Councilman Brian Lorenz.

The development plan was approved by the city's Planning and Zoning Commission earlier this month.

Council is expected to hear a second reading and vote on the plan at its next meeting, scheduled Tuesday, June 4.