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Tacoma's Sidewalk Reconstruction for "Unfit/Unsafe" sidewalks

by rancher
on 11/16/2011 @ 5:32pm
Has anybody else been approached by the city of Tacoma requiring you, the homeowner, to repair and replace the sidewalks abutting their property?  Through the last couple years I've gotten these notices, and have ignored them because, first of all, my sidewalks are cracked but not unsafe, and second of all, I don't have the money!  After putting this off for this long, I have just gotten notices informing that I have no choice.  That if I don't get it fixed, they will do it for me and bill me over $6500.00!  I understand that some sidewalks are impassable and downright sketchy, but being forced to pay that much to help aesthetics is crazy to me.  There are way more unpleasant things that we have to look at than my sidewalks.  Also, how did the city get away with pawning this off on the residents?  The city put them in, they can keep them up.  If I had it my way, I'd just take them out.  Half of it leads to a dead end anyway.  
I guess I'm just a frustrated homeowner that's looking to see if anybody else feels the way I do and has possible found a way around it, or an inexpensive way to tackle this problem.  

by fredo on 11/16/2011 @ 6:21pm
What is the cause of the cracking? 

by fredo on 11/16/2011 @ 6:21pm
What is the cause of the cracking? 

by tacoma1 on 11/16/2011 @ 9:44pm
Fix your sidewalks before someone trips on them and sues you for everything ya got.

by KevinFreitas on 11/16/2011 @ 10:44pm
Ugh, it's a pretty crappy burden and I'm not sure how the City can justify charging residents that for something they often just inherit anyway. Besides, how hard is it for people to walk on slightly un-flat ground anyway? New sport: urban hiking!

Seriously though, I've heard other people complain but I'm not sure who/where at the City you can appeal this. Public works? Your city council member at the very least.

by L.S.Erhardt on 11/17/2011 @ 1:40am
This is one of many reasons why being a homeowner is not a good choice.

by fredo on 11/17/2011 @ 6:46am

Tell the city that the cracked sidewalks are your way of helping with storm water run off by increasing the permeability of your property. It's a "rain garden"

by JesseHillFan on 11/17/2011 @ 7:29am
I would think that a lawyer could bring about a possible class action suit against a city.If the property (sidewalk) belongs to the city then they should be responsible for it.If the sidewalk belongs to the property owner and a sidewalk is mandatory then the property owner should have a right to tell whom may or may not use it.If you pay for it put a no trespassing sign near it telling people that they can't use your personal sidewalk.

by fredo on 11/17/2011 @ 7:35am

  $6500 is too much. I believe i'd search craigslist for concrete work under the services heading and get some bids over the phone. Just have your dimensions ready. Remember with craigslist CASH talks.  

by The Jinxmedic on 11/17/2011 @ 8:25am
Heh. "rain garden".

by Urban E on 11/17/2011 @ 10:31am
You really should just get involved with the sidewalk assistance program. I feel your pain... the damage I had was less then the height of a dime but it was reported so it was now in the system. I'm sure the person who reported it was most likely one of your neighbors. The cost to the property owner who takes advantage of the program will  be a lot cheaper then you would expect. If you let them take action by continuing to ignore the problem you will end up footing the entire bill. I'm sure they can put you on a payment plan. Call 591-5104

by The Jinxmedic on 11/17/2011 @ 10:55am
I'm glad we live on the res, where none of that matters.

by scout on 11/17/2011 @ 11:05am
$6,500? My family had to pay $20,000 (half the bill) to fix the sidewalk in front of my building because it happened to be on the "vaulted" side which includes all the city utilities. 
Now the city charges me a  $35/year "use fee" for the space in the basement of my buillding that extends under the sidewalk - that I paid $20,000 to "repair".
Love From,A Local, Rich, Profit-Sucking Property Owner 

by scout on 11/17/2011 @ 11:08am
My cat says he is part of the 99 percent but that his election votes count as 1 and a half persons because he has two extra legs.   

by low bar on 11/17/2011 @ 11:27am
i wonder if the ancient mayans had to tend to the roots of giant makakaka trees breaking up the sacrificial altars in front of their huts

by Nick on 11/17/2011 @ 12:28pm
Want a good way to get people flooding the council chambers to complain about this stupid arrangement? Go report every block within city limits that has a less-than-perfect sidewalk. I'll bet you'd have the other 199,999 residents trying to speak during public comment at the next council meeting. Just sayin'...

by fredo on 11/17/2011 @ 12:41pm

  Somebody should walk around DT and get the Geo locations of every cracked sidewalk all the way from Pacific Avenue up to hilltop, then send an email with those locations attached to the city compliance office. Make sure you get a reply that the information was recieved. Wait a few weeks and watch the s&&t hit the fan. Pretty sure the city itself is responsible for miles of sidewalks that are out of compliance.