Bridgeport is a city of sidewalks. Walk and talk and balk … when it comes time for repairs. Cracked sidewalks in the city also beckon slip-and-fall lawyers. The city is trying to address the bigger question–who’s responsible for the fix-up? It’s not cheap. The City Council is examining a proposal.
From CT Post scribe Brian Lockhart:
Members of the mayor’s staff this week presented the Council’s Public Safety Committee with a pilot sidewalk repair program that would, if approved, see the city pay for half of the sidewalk work if the private property owners agree to cover the balance.
Applicants must reside in the location and be up to date on their taxes. For now businesses would not be eligible.
John Gomes, Ganim’s chief administrative officer, said the initiative would be funded using $3 million previously set aside for sidewalks. Seniors and the disabled might receive an additional discount through monies Gomes said have been offered up by various neighborhood groups.
Ganim on the campaign trail last year had pledged to focus on upgrading the sidewalks if elected, though many residents apparently assume the city is supposed to bear all of the costs.
Full story here.