The following is an update on the City of Huntington’s sidewalk repair pilot program:
The Public Works Department completed projects at 24 locations this fall. Combined, the projects amounted to 1,767 feet of new sidewalks. The pilot program will take a hiatus this winter and will resume next year.
With each sidewalk repair project, the Public Works Department entered into agreements with property owners whereby the property owners paid for the concrete and the city provided the labor and all of the other equipment needed for the repairs.
“It’s important to remember that this is a pilot program that we will learn from and make adjustments as needed,” Mayor Steve Williams said. “It’s a perfect example of the partnerships between my administration and City Council as well as the partnerships between City Hall and residents that are required to make these repairs.”
Mayor Williams proposed and Huntington City Council approved $100,000 in funding for the pilot program in this year’s budget. Similar to the city’s annual paving program, City Council members were asked to identify five locations in each of their districts where sidewalks needed to be replaced and submit them to the Public Works Department. The Public Works Department developed a priority list based on visual inspections.
The City of Huntington is no longer taking sidewalk repair requests for this fiscal year, which ends June 30, 2017. Property owners who would like to make arrangements with the city to repair their sidewalk for next fiscal year should contact the City Clerk’s Office at 304-696-5530.
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