Milford is launching a sidewalk repair program to make the city a more walkable community, and a public information session will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. July 23 at Milford City Hall, 201 S. Walnut St.

The city council will provide additional information regarding the sidewalk repair program, including options for business owners and residents to consider in making the repair.

City Ordinance Chapter 197 requires property owners to keep public sidewalks along city streets abutting their property in good condition. The Public Works Department recently completed the first of four phases of sidewalk inspections. Agreeing with residents that a level, hard surface is not only safer but more appealing, the city council made the decision to initially address the collector streets and streets serving public schools. During a recent inspection, deficiencies were found along properties that will require attention.

The city ordinance requires property owners make those repairs within 90 days of notification of deficiencies. Not doing so could result in the city proceeding with the repairs and invoicing that property owner.

The city anticipates sending formal notices to property owners around the beginning of August. That notice will outline specific sidewalks blocks that will need repair. If not completed by the end of October, the city will begin making those needed repairs in spring 2019.

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