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The City Engineering Department inspects sidewalk for safety defects in response to citizen complaint, reported falls or scheduled inspections areas of the City.
The edges of tripping hazards are painted to visually alert pedestrians to the defect and reduce the chance for a fall. The sidewalk panel(s) will be marked for repair with dots on the opposing corners of the panel or with arrows used to mark the limits of replacement for multi-panel replacement areas.
The pedestrian ramps, including the corner panel at a street intersection are the responsibility of the City. The City will repair the pedestrian ramp area at no cost to the property owner.
If the City completes the sidewalk repair, the property owner will be assessed to the property and interest will be added to the total after referral to the City Commission for collection though property tax assessment. For sidewalk replacement, the period of time that this assessment will run on the property taxes is typically 5 years.
Property owners can call 605-256-7514 for a square foot estimate of the sidewalk repair.
The City would rather the sidewalk replacement work be completed by private contractors and recommends that property owners use the private contractors whenever possible. But, It has not always been economical for property owners to attract private contractors to small sidewalk replacement jobs. Because the City's rates are set based on the area of the sidewalk replacement, the property owner can usually obtain a lower price from a private contractor if the job is larger. The City rate could be lower than the private contractor rate for small jobs. The job size at which the private contractors will charge less is dependent on several factors including 'how busy the sidewalk contractor is'.
The City sidewalk replacement contract will only replace the sidewalk panels that were marked as a safety hazard and typically will not replace additional sidewalk panels, (unless it is deemed necessary by the sidewalk inspector at the time of contract to do more) driveway aprons, service walk or concrete on private property. The property owner must have this type of work completed by the private contractors.
The property owner can replace the sidewalk. Property owners that consider completing their own sidewalk should be aware that concrete work is difficult to complete properly and the City holds the property owner's workmanship to the same quality standards to which contractors are held. The property owner can hire a bonded and insured sidewalk contractor. The property owner can have the City do the work. Any individuals paid by the property owner for sidewalk replacement are contractors and therefore must be bonded and insured with the city.
The Yellow Pages can be used as a resource in contacting 'Concrete Contractors'. Ask if they have bond and insurance filed with the City. Ask for references. Ask friends and acquaintances for recommendations. If you are unsure if a contractor has a current bond and insurance, call 605-256-7500 (Note: The City will not specifically recommend a contractor).
The person/contractor doing the work obtains the permit. If a contractor is hired, they must obtain the permit. If the property owner will do the work themselves, they must obtain the permit. Permits are obtained at City Finance Office or the City Engineer's Office located at:116 W CenterMadison, SD 57042
There is no fee for the permit. All that is needed is the address of the property, the name of the person or contractor conducting the sidewalk replacement, and the approximate lineal foot of sidewalk to be repaired. Permits will normally be issued while you wait.
The following summary applies to most situations:
Mud-jacking is not recommended as a sidewalk replacement/repair process by the City if the damage is being caused by a tree root. However, the City does not prohibit the practice with the following limitations:
Grinding is not recommended as a sidewalk replacement/repair process by the City, if the damage is being caused by a tree root.. However, the City does not prohibit the practice with the following limitations:
No. Only City approved ready-mix may be used for sidewalk replacement. Ready mix concrete is required to assure that adequate strength and durability is achieved.