The Fayette Zoning Board has a proposal to address sidewalk repair in the village—a plan that would save residents hundreds of dollars.
Reporting for the zoning board, village administrator Tom Spiess said the plan calls for the homeowner to pay for concrete. Labor would be provided by a crew of community volunteers.
If a walk were designated in need of replacement, homeowners would have the opportunity to handle the work on their own or go along with the new plan, if accepted by council members. The work would have to be completed within a designated period of time.
Spiess said the board intends to have one side of S. Fayette Street in good repair next summer in time for the opening of the new school. Other areas of town would be done in future years.
Council member Paul Shaffer noted that some walks are wider than others. Spiess said the ordinance calls for a 36-inch width and Shaffer suggested that new walks could widen at the ends to match existing walks, where needed.
Councilor Mike Maginn expressed concerns about making “guinea pigs” of the S. Fayette Street residents. If the plan wasn’t successful, he said those residents might feel unhappy about being forced to put in walks when the remainder of the village was not addressed.
Spiess said he would take council’s concerns back to the zoning board: first, concern about the quality of the work and, second, whether or not the plan would continue.
“I think that’s the intention of the committee,” Spiess said, “that it would be a growing program.”