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By JoEllen Black/Richmond News
Richmond City Council approved a new sidewalk program for homeowners and business owners at its meeting Oct. 8.
The new program earmarks $15,000 annually for the tear-out and replacement of public sidewalks in Richmond city limits. The budget allows for a minimum of five such projects. The program works like this:
• Home or business owners complete a request form at City Hall for consideration.
• Approved requests would be done on a first-come, first-served basis.
• Owners are to bring three bids by licensed contractors for the project. The city will reimburse up to $3,000 for each project in a 50-50 split with the owner.
• Property owners are limited to one project a year.
Richmond’s previous program required owners to pay for materials, but actual work was performed by public works employees. Even though it may cost more, City Administrator Ron Brohammer said new sidewalks benefit the city and alleviate some workload for a limited public works staff.