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Property owners will have to pay for sidewalk repairs

August 12, 2002|by RICHARD BELISLE

waynesboro@herald-mail.com

GREENCASTLE, Pa. - Next year, homeowners on North Allison, South Washington and East Baltimore streets will have to pay to build new sidewalks and curbs in front of their properties, according to a letter going out to the owners in the next few weeks.

The Greencastle Borough Council last week approved a draft of the letter written by Borough Manager Kenneth E. Myers. It will be sent to about 150 property owners telling them PennDOT has selected their streets for repaving in 2003.

The state is expected to seek bids for the work in April. The repaving should be done by the end of October. Property owners have until then to replace their sidewalks.

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In the mid-1980s, the council approved a policy that forces property owners to pay for sidewalks and curbs along any street, borough or state-maintained street, whenever it is rebuilt or repaved.

Property owners can have the work done by PennDOT's contractor, by a contractor hired by the borough, by a private contractor or they can do the work themselves. The new sidewalks and curbs have to meet borough specifications.

If existing sidewalks and curbs in front of a property owner's home already meet borough standards, they won't have to be replaced, according to the letter.

Myers said he was writing the letter now to give ample notice that the work is required.

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