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Ripon takes close look at sidewalks

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POSTED March 22, 2014 12:05 a.m.

Every six months, the City of Ripon does an inspection of the sidewalks.

How repairs are handled is a different matter.

Ted Johnston, director of public works, recently told elected leaders of that process of looking over damaged sidewalks around town in his information-only report.

“If it’s adjacent to City property, it is repaired as soon as possible,” he said at the March 4 Ripon City Council meeting. “If it’s adjacent to private property, the owner is given a notice along with a time in which to correct the issue.”

Johnston added that a second letter is promptly sent in the event the owner fails to respond to the first one.

And if there’s still no action, he mentioned that the City can step in and do the repairs while putting a lien on the property.

Last year, there were nine such reports – raised or damaged sidewalks – around town, according to Johnston in his report to the council. Of that, two were adjacent to City property.

In any event, the seven sidewalks were eventually repaired.

“During the notification and repairs, the City protected the sidewalks with barricades,” said Johnston of the every six month process. “We’ll continue to inspect and repair city sidewalks (in this same manner).”

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