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Sidewalk Replacement Program

The City has been divided into ten sidewalk districts. One sidewalk district is inspected each year in order to determine if any portion of the sidewalk is in need of replacement. This inspection takes place in the fall prior to each district’s year. If, after inspection, it is determined that an abutting property owner’s sidewalk is in need of replacement, the homeowner will be notified accordingly.

Proposed Sidewalk Replacement Schedule, 2014-2019
*Source: 2014-2019 Capital Improvement Plan

FAQs

Can I repair my own sidewalk?

After the hearing, homeowners can choose to replace the sidewalk on their own, or have it replaced by the Contractor performing the City’s Sidewalk Replacement Program.  For further questions, contact the Department of Public Works at 248-546-2519.

How are homeowners billed for the sidewalk replacement?

The final homeowner assessments of sidewalk construction will be mailed after all construction is completed.  After the City Council approves the final assessment, it will be billed on the homeowner’s winter tax.  

What do the letter markings (A,B,C...) on the sidewalks mean?

The inspector will mark defective sidewalk flags with a letter (A, B, C, ...) indicating at least one reason why they require replacement.  The following indicates the defect associated with the letter:

A – Stubber

Stubber

B – Cracked

Cracks

C- Sunken

D- Holes or Pitted

E – Scaling

Scaling

H – Slope

O – Other (Mortar adhered to sidewalk causing a trip hazard, foot or bike prints in the sidewalk, asphalt    patch in sidewalk, etc.)

When do sidewalk replacements occur?

After the hearing, homeowners can choose to replace the sidewalk on their own, or have it replaced by the Contractor performing the City’s Sidewalk Replacement Program.  

Who will make the sidewalk repairs?

After inspections have been completed, the Sidewalk Replacement Program is publicly bid, and a Public Hearing for necessity of repairs is scheduled. Notification letters are mailed to affected homeowners with the time, date and location of the Public Hearing. The letters also include an estimated quantity and cost of the sidewalk to be replaced

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