Upper Arlington plans $590,000 in sidewalk improvements

NATE ELLIS
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Upper Arlington City Council unanimously approved a contract May 14 with Powell-based G&G Construction Inc. for $590,238 in repairs and construction related to this year's sidewalk-maintenance program.

The company is expected to work in July in District 3, a section of central Upper Arlington bordered by Fishinger Road, Tremont Road, the eastern corporation line, North Star Road, Zollinger Road and Riverside Drive.

The work is part of an annual program through which the city conducts periodic sidewalk inspections "to keep the network in good working order, per city code," said Jackie Thiel, Upper Arlington public-services director and city engineer.

"Each district is inspected once every five years on a rotating schedule," Thiel said. "District 4 was completed in 2019 and District 5 was completed in 2018. This project only inspects existing sidewalk panels in need of replacement."

Although the contract for the work is through the city, residents are responsible for the repair and replacement of sidewalk panels on their respective properties. Those whose sidewalks will be part of this year's maintenance program were notified in January, Thiel said.

Thiel's May 4 staff report to council said an aerial view of the properties also was provided, indicating the location of the damage and whether the city or property owner is responsible for making repairs.

"The cost to each resident in District 3 varies, depending on the notice they received from the city in March of 2020 showing what panels need to be replaced," she said.

Prices for the work, according to the staff report, are $160 per 4-inch-depth sidewalk panel and $175 per 6-inch-depth sidewalk panel; the latter typically are used on driveway approaches.

That is a decrease from 2019 prices, the report said, when costs were $176 per 4-inch-depth sidewalk panel and $200 per 6-inch-depth panel.

Thiel said the work likely would be completed by October. Property owners will be billed "around January 2021," according to the staff report.

City finance director Brent Lewis said residents cannot apply for an exemption, and the city has no installment-payment program.

"Residents are given 30 days to pay the bill," Lewis said. "If residents cannot afford to pay their bill, they are encouraged to contact the finance department as soon as possible after receiving the bill.

"If the bills are not paid, delinquent amounts are sent to the Franklin County Auditor's Office and added to the following year's property-tax bill."

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