Sidewalk Program

The City Sidewalk Replacement Program is an annual program which enables the city to maintain safe sidewalks for pedestrian travel. The City is divided into ten target areas. Each year, as the city budget process allows, a target area of the city is inspected for sidewalks that have become cracked, raised or sunken making tripping and falling a possibility. Often times a certain hazardous area has been reported to our office, due to a trip or fall resulting in an injury.

The Department of Public Works inspects and replaces defective sidewalks annually.  In the fall and spring, sidewalks in need of replacement are identified by the City Sidewalk Inspector.

Property Owners who wish to have their sidewalks repaired can call the City Sidewalk Inspector at 920-459-3440.

Shortly after the first of the year, the City requests bids for the Annual Sidewalk Replacement Program. The project is awarded to the lowest qualified bidder. Following Common Council approval to enter into a contract with the contractor, notices are sent to all property owners whose sidewalks have been identified as being in need of replacement or who have requested replacement. The notice explains the costs to the property owner if they choose to have the City’s contractor perform the replacement.

A credit of up to 75 square feet of sidewalk per tree is provided if the roots of a city tree have caused the sidewalk to be cracked or raised. This amount is only credited if the property owner chooses to have the City Contractor complete the replacement. As part of the replacement, the tree roots which have caused the sidewalk to heave will be removed.

The property owners are given the option of hiring another contractor to repair the sidewalk or do the work themselves. The credit of 75 square feet per City tree is only available if the replacement is completed by the City Contractor 

The sidewalk replacements usually occur between May and October. A final bill is sent to the homeowners by the City Finance Department in October or November.  Various payment options are available and are identified in the notice and the final bill.


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