The City of Racine Extends Sidewalk Replacement Deadline to December 31st, 2020
The City of Racine Opts to Give Residents More Time in Midst of COVID-19
The city of Racine – Earlier this month, the City Engineering Department sent out orders to property owners with notices that they must repair or replace sidewalks marked with an “X” along their property line. Those repairs or replacements were originally required to be made by July 1st. Recognizing the economic impacts COVID-19 has taken on City residents, the City is pushing back the deadline for property owners to hire contractors until December 31, 2020.
Under the sidewalk replacement program, property owners are required to hire a contractor and obtain the proper permits from the City Engineering Department to replace or repair sidewalk squares along with their property. If property owners don’t make the repairs, the City will hire contractors to replace sidewalk square throughout the City later this summer or in early fall. Property owners are then billed for the cost of replacing the sidewalk squares, plus 6% administrative costs, and a $25 permit feel. If property owners fail to pay that bill after 30 days, those costs and penalties are transferred to their property tax bills later in the year.
With this extension, property owners will be allowed to request the proper permits and hire contractors to complete the work up until December 31, 2020. After that date, the City will have the sidewalk squares replaced in the spring of 2021 at the property owners’ expense and will send invoices to the property owners.
Permits are issued by the City Engineering Department. The fee for permits is $25. Questions about the sidewalk replacement program should be directed to 262-636-9191. If a property owner asked the City for an extension beyond the original July 1, 2020 deadline, and paid the fee to extend that deadline, that fee will be refunded back to the property owner.