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Hagerstown to try to curb sidewalk replacement costs for homeowners

February 20, 2008|By DAN DEARTH

HAGERSTOWN - The City of Hagerstown will solicit low bids from contractors to help ease the financial burden on homeowners who are required to replace their curbs and sidewalks.

The Hagerstown City Council on Tuesday directed City Engineer Rodney Tissue to seek the bids to replace curbs and sidewalks in neighborhoods where streets are slated to be repaved.

"It remains to be seen if this will be beneficial," Tissue said after the council work session. "The intent is to lower the cost for the homeowner."

Under the city's existing Sidewalk Maintenance Program, residents are required to find a contractor to replace their curbs and sidewalks after the city issues a notice.

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Tissue said the council's proposal will allow homeowners to use the city's contractor or find one of their own choosing. The program would become effective in 2009, he said.

Residents would be required to enter into a contract with the contractor, Tissue said. The city's responsibility would end with finding the lowest bidder.

Assistant City Engineer Jim Bender said the city issued close to 200 notices in 2007 that ordered residents to replace their curbs and sidewalks. Each repair cost homeowners an estimated $1,500 to $2,000, he said.

Warranties on curb and sidewalk construction usually last about one year, Bender said.

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