Letter to the editor: City should fix sidewalks
To the editor:
It should not be the responsibility of a private residential property owner to have to pay to fix city infrastructure just because it is adjacent to our property. That’s what our property taxes should be used for. It is a public sidewalk on city easement, therefore, not private party responsibility. If we have no say on whether or not we want a sidewalk adjacent to our property and we are not able to remove or alter the public sidewalk, then we are not responsible for repairs. I have no problem shoveling snow off the sidewalk, but to have to fix concrete issues should reside with the city.
This is an unfair law that penalizes private residential property owners when it is a public sidewalk on city easement. Do private residential property owners adjacent to city parks have to pay to repair playground equipment or picnic areas? Absolutely not! This is city infrastructure and should be maintained by the city.