At the Common Council meeting last night, an amended sidewalk law was laid on the councilmembers' desks. Prior to the meeting, the proposed law had been revised to waive sidewalk maintenance fees for volunteer firefighters and veterans. Another revision involved adding properties in Mt. Ray Estates to the list of excluded properties because they are located on private streets where there is no City-owned right-of-way, and the City would not be creating sidewalks in the condominium development. During the course of the meeting, the Council also voted to amend the law to reduce the sidewalk fee by half for properties currently without sidewalks. Below is the amendment approved by the Council.
All councilmembers voted in favor of the amendment except Margaret Morris (First Ward) and Council president Tom DePietro. To Gossips' knowledge, no one has calculated if these fees will be sufficient to make substantial improvements to the city's sidewalks.
The Council is expected to hold a special meeting on Friday, January 27, at 6:00 p.m. for the purpose of voting to enact the legislation.
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