From Brian Lockhart, CT Post:
The new concrete sidewalk outside of Councilman Ernie Newton’s Read Street home looks as smooth and sharp as the suits the East End politician is known to wear.
And last week the city placed a lien on Newton’s property because he has not paid the Department of Public Facilities for his share of the sidewalk work–even as he and his colleagues lobby for changes to how Bridgeport approaches sidewalk repairs.
… Launched in 2017, the sidewalk program was an experiment to try and fix the miles of damaged walkways in Bridgeport that are a legal liability. The city set aside $3 million for public facilities to use to split the sidewalk repair costs with willing property owners, and hired G. Pic and Sons Construction for the work under an open-ended contract.
The city has the authority to place a lien on properties that are not paid up. The lien does not accrue interest and cannot be used to seize real estate. But the debt owed the city will be attached to the property if and when it is put on the market.
Newton’s upgraded sidewalk cost $3,935.50. His unpaid tab is $1,967.75. The bill was sent Jan. 4 and due 30 days later.
“We’ll pay it,” Newton said Monday. “I didn’t kill nobody. Everybody got bills.”
Full story here.