New Sidewalk Policy Signed In Ithaca
ITHACA---(WENY) Ithaca's controversial sidewalk ordinance has been approved. Mayor Svante Myrick signed it into law Wednesday.
Currently, homeowners in Ithaca are responsible for construction and repair costs of sidewalks in front of their own homes.
Now, under the mayor's Sidewalk Task Force, formed earlier this year, that cost will be reduced. Beginning in January, there will be five sidewalk improvement districts to include all property in the city.
All property owners will now pay an annual assessment fee for sidewalk upkeep and maintenance.
Mayor Myrick says, "We're going to lower the cost on the average homeowner in the city of Ithaca. We're going to make it more predictable, down to $70.00. We're going to remove all the bureaucratic back and forth that cause delays in sidewalk repairs. Now you'll be excited to have a sidewalk built because you know it's not going to be a burden on you and your family."
Some homeowners oppose the law, saying they should only have to pay for their own sidewalks.