By Denise Lana,
Decorah City Staff and Council have identified 61 city properties in need of sidewalk repair or replacement in addition to the properties already identified last month. Per Decorah City Code, the city has the authority to require property owners to repair or replace broken or defective sidewalks on his/her property.
Letters will be mailed to each property owner, ordering the sidewalk on each property be maintained or repaired per the standards outlined in City Code Chapter 12.28. According to the letter, deficiencies range from sidewalk panels with too-wide or too-tall separations, panels with significant holes, chips or cracks, cross slope is greater than the two-percent maximum allowable slope in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, or if a sidewalk is not present due to being removed previously and never reinstalled.
Each property owner must comply with city code when performing repairs and improvements, including permits and inspections. The deadline for completion is Nov. 30. If improvements are not made by the deadline the city may have the work completed and the costs assessed to the property as taxes.
The complete article and list of properties needing repairs are published in the August 10 Public Opinion Newspaper.