Nice column on sidewalks (see "Cracks in the pavement," April 15).
What we did in Hamilton 11 years ago was pass a 10 mill levy per year.This made available about $100,000 per year to fix our sidewalks. Cities and towns have to fix their sidewalks because they are a liability! No one wants to pay. So, everyone pays a little on their tax bill every year.The Public Works director inspects and hears complaints as to which sidewalks present the greatest hazard.We felt it was not fair to fully tax the present landowner, because they might only be there a few years.They should not have to pay for the neglect and damage before they owned the property! We have fixed thousands of feet of sidewalk, and most folks are happy with the compromise. Feel free to bring this idea up at a council meeting. After all a reporter is a member of the public!!
City Councilor (and former mayor)