At the August 12, 2019 city commission meeting, the commission directed the engineering division to begin a new six-year sidewalk program in the spring of 2020 and endorsed the updated sidewalk replacement criteria. The city is separated into six target areas to perform sidewalk replacement work each year.
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2020 Sidewalk Improvement Program
As shown on the adjacent map, the target neighborhood area for 2020 is bounded by Main Street (west), 13 Mile Road (north), Farnum Avenue (south), and the city limits (east). The awarded contractor is Italia Construction Inc. of Washington, Michigan.
Notice of Construction letters will be mailed in the Spring that include the estimate of sidewalk work adjacent to the property. Sidewalks will be removed and replaced in the target area over the summer construction season and disturbed lawn areas will be restored with topsoil and seed.
Property owners must submit Payment Plan Request forms
to the Engineering Division by October 31, 2020
If you would like to have your cost for the sidewalk improvements spread over a longer period of time, you can fill out a Sidewalk Payment Plan Request form. This will be reviewed by the city commission. If approved, payment plans will be billed through the treasurer's office, typically spread over six years with a maximum 6% interest rate. Interest rates and time period are established by the city commission prior to billing. Plans can be paid off at any time without penalty through the treasurer's office. Currently, this is the only payment plan offered by the city and you must elect this option prior to receiving your bill.
In the spring, after receiving the construction notification letter with your estimate for sidewalk improvement, you can schedule a meeting with the project manager for concerns regarding your sidewalk. If you still disagree with the proposed sidewalk to be replaced, the project manager will give you an Exemption Request form to fill out and submit to the city engineer, who will review it and make a final decision. The exemption must be approved before the city’s contractor arrives on your street.