Do you know of a city sidewalk that needs repair? There are two ways you can get it fixed. First, if it’s in front of your home, you can participate in the Shared Cost Sidewalk Program in which residents share the cost of sidewalk repair with the City.
The program has been a successful service for many years, offering an outstanding value to property owners. All property owners pay the same square-foot cost for new sidewalk–$3 per square foot–well below what a private contractor would charge.
The program is now open to new applicants. Applications will be accepted through the City’s 311 system only. Call 311 or CLICK HERE to apply online. Owner information and the property address must be provided at the time of your request.
Applications are processed on a first-come, first-served basis. Note that the program typically reaches capacity quickly, so apply as soon as possible. Please note that if you applied for the program in previous years, you must apply again in 2012.
Second, you can request to have your sidewalk (or any sidewalk in the 49th Ward) repaired free of chargethrough the 49th Ward Participatory Budgeting Initiative in which the residents of the ward vote directly on how to spend the ward’s capital budget. Please be advised, however, there is no guarantee your sidewalk will be repaired through this process, as it is subject to a community vetting process and vote.
The community residents who serve on the Participatory Budgeting Streets and Sidewalks Committee will review your request and determine whether it merits inclusion on the Participatory Budgeting election ballot. The sidewalk proposal must then receive a sufficient number of votes at the upcoming Participatory Budgeting election to receive funding.
If you would like to have a sidewalk repair considered in the Participatory Budgeting process, please reply to this e-mail or visit the Participatory Budgeting blog athttp://participatorybudgeting49.wordpress.com/contact-us/.
Please make sure you provide the exact address of the sidewalk that is in need of repair.