Sidewalks represent a major investment by the citizens of North College Hill and are an important part of a balanced transportation system.
Used by all facets of a diverse pedestrian population that ranges from young to old, physically fit to challenged, they connect our homes, neighborhoods, parks, recreational facilities, schools, churches and businesses. They provide pathways for our elderly and bikeways for our youth.
A safe and aesthetic sidewalk space promotes neighborhood interaction and enhances property values.
Responsibility for constructing and maintaining sidewalk space is shared by property owners and the City.
In cases where the sidewalk space is not properly maintained, Cod. Ord. 539.05 directs that abutting property owners be notified of necessary corrective action. Cod. Ord. 903.06 makes owners of abutting property responsible for funding construction and maintenance relating to sidewalks.
The City Engineer is responsible for supervising sidewalk construction, reconstruction or repair.
When defective sidewalk is discovered, in a neighborhood inspected for the Sidewalk Safety Program, the abutting property owner will be sent a "Notice of Repair" that identifies the estimated quantity and cost of the required repairs. The property owner is given options to complete the required work within the stated timeframe. Once a property has been included in the Sidewalk Safety Program, the only acceptable method to repair condemned concrete is a full-block replacement from joint to joint. Property owners have the following options when repairing a condemned sidewalk or driveway:
• Hire a Licensed Contractor.
• An unlicensed property owner may acquire a permit to replace condemned sidewalk provided the work is performed to City Standards.
Codified Ordinance section 1351.09 requires that all owners, agents or person in charge of any building of no more than 4 dwelling units designed or intended to be used as rental dwelling units located within the City of North College Hill, must register and pay rental registration fees of $10.00 per unit and obtain a certificate of rental registration annually for such structures or units. This is a non-refundable fee.