Prairie Township trustees have scheduled a May 9 public hearing for the township's annual sidewalk-repair program.

Road crews have been surveying sidewalks in an effort to compile a list of properties where sidewalks need work.

Under Ohio law, the township may repair sidewalks and assess the cost to property owners, who are responsible for maintaining the sidewalks directly abutting their properties.

Homeowners can pay for the repairs in full up front or take advantage of an interest-free loan program.

Prairie Township has $100,000 available in loans for homeowners, township Administrator Tracy Hatmaker said.

The loans are paid back over a 10-year period, through a property tax assessment, he said.

Homeowners also may add their property to the program voluntarily and take advantage of the lower costs that come with a large, bulk contract, he said.

Affected property owners will be notified by the township.

Although all sidewalks are being inspected, the Lincoln Village North area is a target for this year's program because it has some of the oldest sidewalks in the township, Hatmaker said.

The hearing will be held at 7 p.m. May 9 at the township hall, 23 Maple St.

For more information on the sidewalk program, visit Prairietownship.org/203/Sidewalk-Program.

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