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Residents Pay for Damaged Sidewalks No Matter What

Even if a village tree breaks your sidewalk it's the homeowner's responsibility to make repairs, according to the village.

It might have been a village tree that ripped up your sidewalk during Super Storm Sandy. That doesn't mean the village will be paying for the repairs, Village Manager Ken Gabbert said last Wednesday.

Because village ordinance stipulates that homeowners are responsible for maintenance on all sidewalks, the village will only be replacing curbs and roads, Gabbert said.

Replacing and re-setting a broken sidewalk slab could cost several hundred dollars to residents.

Thus far, Sandy's cost to the village has tallied about $1.3 million. The manager hopes about 75 percent of the cost is covered by federal grants.

Dual emergency appropriations were issued in November and December.

But with expected funds still not yet returned from Hurricane Irene and "Snowtober," it may be a while before the checks arrive. The village will likely have to cough up about $250,000 or more when the calendar turns.

MTW December 17, 2012 at 08:28 PM
Thats fine, but let residents remove "town" trees they think could be pose a threat? I called the town 5 seperate times, and wrote countless letters about a tree I was told to be dead. The town did not allow me to remove it, and it obviously fell and ruined the sidewalk (and my lawn) when Sandy came. Can't have it both ways.
Ridgewooder December 17, 2012 at 09:29 PM
Agreed.
thetentman December 18, 2012 at 12:45 PM
It took me years of phone calls to have a dying tree removed. It was much harder than it should have been.
westwood kid December 18, 2012 at 01:58 PM
mtw u might have talked to the air, the town of ridgewood went so down hill in the past 5 years u have no idea. the taxes how ever keep going up and the level of service sucks. im so happy i got out of that town. the shade tree has only a hand full of guys and they cant keep up with the work load. what needs to happen is the town should start subbing the work out to an outside company the same way the town has done with the schools and the lawn maintance. cheaper and the levl of service is up because the guys move, the town guys move so slow they could almost be called going back wards.
J.D. Luke December 18, 2012 at 02:55 PM
I also agree. Have your cake or eat it, Mr. Gabbert. PIck one.
JAFO December 19, 2012 at 07:01 PM
They don't currently enforce rules about sidewalk repair, so why would this be any different?

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