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Council addresses sidewalk trip hazards

Sep 29, 2017

By David Hotle, The JOURNAL


On Tuesday, the Washington City Council suported a program to enact a sidewalk trip hazard program that would identify trip hazards and notify the owners of the property to make needed repairs.

According to the council packet, the city had a program like this until about 2002, when it was discontinued except by complaint basis. The packet said the purpose of the program is to protect the safety of the public and shield the city from liability.

“While the majority of the public is supportive of sidewalks in the abstract, it is probably safe to say that many deeply resent being ordered to repair their sidewalks based on my experience,” city administrator Brent Hinson said. “However, we as a staff feel the current policy is too reactive and would like to see the city take significant measures in this regard.”

The plan would devide the city into four quadrants, One quadrant would be examined each year. The inspections would be ongoing from now on, Hinson said.

During discussion. council member Jaron Rosien asked that sample letters that would be sent to residents to inform them of a sidewalk hazard that needs to be addressed be reworded to make it more pleasant for the resident.

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