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Because of the liability associated with unsafe sidewalk conditions, the Village will grind or place an asphalt patch over any hazardous sidewalk condition of which they are made aware. The homeowner can then replace the sidewalk when financially able.
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Residents who wish to be included in the 50/50 Sidewalk Replacement Program should fill out the application or call the Department of Public Works for an application. Annual funding for the program is limited and is on a first-come first-served basis. After the application is received, the sidewalk is inspected by Village staff to determine if it meets the criteria for participation. If funds are available and the sidewalk is eligible to be replaced, a bill will be sent to the homeowner.
Sidewalk that has severe surface deterioration, has significant settlement or heaving, has cracking exceeding 1/2 inches horizontally, or has vertical displacement of greater than 3/4 inches, qualifies for the program. In addition, it is sometimes necessary to replace additional sidewalk squares in order to correct the problem. These squares would also be eligible for funding.
At this time, the homeowner's cost (depending on the size of the sidewalk square) is approximately $95 per square of sidewalk to be replaced. Because the Village is able to package all of the sidewalk replacement together and obtain bids for the work, the cost is significantly lower than it would be for an individual homeowner.
Replacement of private driveways is wholly the responsibility of the property owner. The contractors who bid on the Village's 50/50 Sidewalk Program usually perform smaller private projects as well as municipal projects and their phone number is made available upon request of the residents. The cost for this work must be negotiated like any other private contractual work. In addition, as with any other private work, permits are required by the Village and obtained in the Community Development Department at the Village Hall.
The Village always recommends that a homeowner receive at least three estimates for work prior to signing any contract for construction projects. The Village will assume no responsibility for coordinating, inspecting, or warranting private work which is performed by the contractor other than that provided through the permit process.
The Department of Public Works can answer any questions about the program. If you would like an application, you can download a printable form or call us at (847) 705-5200.