Commuter Dude: Possible changes to sidewalk repairs

ATLANTA -- An Atlanta city councilwoman says it's time to stop forcing property owners to pay for sidewalk repairs.

The city council utilities committee will meet Tuesday morning to discuss changes proposed by councilwoman Mary Norwood and several others.

Norwood says many Atlanta homeowners don't have the money to pay for sidewalk repair, and that forcing them to do so slows the process.

"Six different city departments are involved in sidewalk maintenance and repair," said Norwood. "No citizen can effectively navigate six city departments."

It's been more than a year since Meredith Bass first reported sidewalk problems around her Morningside neighborhood. Some of the issues have been fixed. The worst of them are unchanged.

"Runners are up and down this street all day long," said Bass. "Someone is bound to get hurt."

Two months ago, Bass was so irritated by the inactivity, she reached out to Commuter Dude. Since then, the city has repaired a section of sidewalk that was damaged by the roots of trees sitting on city's right of way.

The city is waiting for property owners to fix sidewalk problems in front of their homes.

Norwood says the city would need to find the money for sidewalk repair. An upcoming bond referendum would, if approved, include money that would help.


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