Wednesday, October 2, 2019
The Code Enforcement Department is creating an inventory of sidewalks in the public rights-of-way currently damaged by tree roots.
The locations from the comprehensive list will be “grandfathered” with the city repairing (as time and budget allow) these portions of sidewalks currently damaged by tree roots. Subsequent to the completion of the inventory and the appeal period, any damage to sidewalks by tree roots will be the responsibility of homeowners as provided for in an Ordinance O-2019-011, adopted July 22, 2019. Before the adoption of the new ordinance, any other sidewalk damage not caused by trees has been the responsibility of the property owner and this practice remains.
The first phase of inspections has been completed for the area bordered by East 2nd and East 10th St. from Oak Street to Washington Avenue.
If you own property on a block where inspections have been completed and have a sidewalk you believe to be damaged by roots from a tree in the right-of-way, you may email Joy Rovno with your address to confirm if it has been included on the list or request re-inspection. Such requests should be made by December 1, 2019.