The Sidewalk Maintenance Program is designed to bring the City of Janesville’s sidewalk up to current City Standard Specifications. The City of Janesville has established a set of standards for the condition of the sidewalk. Where those standards are not met, the City requires the non-compliant sidewalk sections be brought in compliance.
Sidewalk Replacement FAQs
Annual Sidewalk Maintenance Program
The Annual Sidewalk Maintenance Program is completed concurrently with the Street Rehabilitation Program in an effort to have a completely upgraded street corridor when the construction work is completed. Sidewalks will be inspected and marked in the fall each year for the following year’s Sidewalk Maintenance Program.
Sidewalk Maintenance by Complaint
The City of Janesville also administers sidewalk maintenance based on complaints received. This maintenance process is similar to the Annual Sidewalk Maintenance Program; however, these locations are typically not concurrent with the Street Rehabilitation Program. When a complaint is received, the City will inspect the sidewalk for the entire block on the side of the street in which the complaint was regarding. A sidewalk maintenance complaint can be reported online by clicking here or by calling Engineering at 755-3160.
Sidewalk Maintenance Criteria
The criteria for marking defective sidewalk is based on evidence of deterioration and potential safety hazards due to concrete being broken, tilted, raised, settled, chipped, or displaced through overall use, freeze and thaw action, or tree root issues. A sidewalk that may appear in good condition on the surface may still need repair if it does not drain properly.
Options for Property Owners
If you receive a notice for sidewalk maintenance, there are three general repair options available: (Please read all options including the important notes following the listed options)
Option 1: Property owners may choose to repair their own sidewalk, providing repaired sidewalk is in compliance with the City Sidewalk Specifications. Property owners must arrange for work to be completed by the deadline specified in the notice.
Option 2: Property owners can arrange for a private contractor to repair their sidewalk, providing repair is in compliance with the City Sidewalk Specifications. Property owners must arrange for work to be completed by the deadline specified in the notice and shall pay the private contractor directly.
Option 3: Property owners can elect to have the City replace their sidewalk utilizing the City’s contractor. An assessment rate will be calculated and provided in the notice. Once the work is completed, the cost of the installation will be assessed against the property.
1) Sidewalks constructed under Option 1 or Option 2 not meeting the requirements of the City Sidewalk Specifications will not be accepted by the City and will need to be replaced.
2) If a property owner chooses either Option 1 or Option 2 and work is not completed by the deadline specified in the notice, the City will direct the City’s contractor to complete the work. The cost of the maintenance, at the assessment rate, will be assessed against the property.
3) If a property owner chooses Option 1 or Option 2, the following are repair methods accepted by the City:
a. Concrete Raising or “Mud-jacking”
b. Concrete Sawing or “Shaving”
c. Full Replacement
Repairs must bring sidewalk into compliance. If private repairs are not compliant, the City’s contractor will be directed to replace the defective sidewalk and the property owner will be assessed, at the assessment rate, for sidewalk maintenance completed.
4) If a property owner does not choose a maintenance option, the City’s contractor will be directed to replace the defective sidewalk. The cost of the maintenance, at the assessment rate, will be assessed against the property.
5) For streets being rehabilitated or reconstructed under the WISDOT Surface Transportation Program (STP) or WISDOT Local Road Improvement Program (LRIP), property owners will not be given Option 1 or Option 2.
Assessment / Billing Information
State Statues and Janesville City Ordinances require that the sidewalk system be maintained in a safe condition, and they provide that the cost of maintenance be paid by the abutting property owner.
Assessment rates for sidewalk maintenance are based on unit prices bid by the City’s contractor. They include the removal and disposal of existing materials (i.e. sod, topsoil, existing concrete sidewalk, etc.), new topsoil, and grass seeding along the new sidewalk sections.
An assessment/bill will be issued to property owners after sidewalk work is completed. With this assessment/bill, the property owner will be given the opportunity to select their preferred payment option.
Payment options are as follows:
1) Pay the assessment/bill in full at time of invoice
2) Include and pay for the full amount of the assessment/bill on the property tax bill, interest beginning thirty (30) days after the date of the invoice.
3) If assessment/bill amount is more than $500, the property owner may utilize the City’s 5-year installment plan. If the 5-year installment plan is chosen, the first payment will come due at the time the property owner receives their annual tax statement. Each subsequent payment will be due when annual property taxes are due. The interest rate on the unpaid balance will be the rate established for the year the payment plan was offered.