Sidewalk law spurs discussion
A proposed amendment to the City of Ludington’s sidewalk ordinance has increased public attention to the current law, which mandates that all properties bordering public streets could eventually get sidewalks, and the property owners could pay half the cost of building them.
The ordinance says sidewalks are to be installed when a new building is constructed, as well for all properties of existing buildings and vacant lots. Sidewalks that are damaged will also have to be repaired. Property owners have to pay 50 percent of the cost — both in material and labor — and the city pays the other 50 percent. Owners who don’t “voluntarily agree” will have to pay 75 percent.
Property owners can apply for waivers that would exempt them from building sidewalks on their properties and the cost, but these waivers are granted by the city only where geographic limitations make it too difficult to install a sidewalk.
See the full story in Thursday’s Ludington Daily News print and e-Editions