Over time, sidewalks can become damaged from weathering, tree roots, and even regular use. A sidewalk maintenance program has been developed by the City of Mentor to regularly inspect, repair or reconstruct damaged sidewalks. The goal is to provide a safe pathway for pedestrian travel. Mentor Code of Ordinances Sections 913.06 and 1349.21 require that property owners be responsible for maintaining and repairing public sidewalks that are adjacent to their property.
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For the purpose of this program, the city is divided into 17 geographical areas. Each year, the sidewalks in one of those 17 areas will be inspected in accordance with the criteria established by the City Engineer to determine if sidewalk repairs are necessary. For 2013, the inspection area is Zone 3B.
Sidewalks will be inspected outside of the geographical area if a complaint is received on the condition of a sidewalk.
A city inspector will identify sidewalk panels for repair or replacement that meet one or more of the following criteria:
- The sidewalk is displaced with a vertical edge of 3/4” or more.
- The sidewalk is depressed or raised more than 3” from the normal line of grade at any place.
- The sidewalk has cracked into 3 or more pieces with cracks that are between 1/4” to 3/4″ wide or greater or is missing a full depth piece of concrete.
- The sidewalk has spalled over 75% of the surface.
- The sidewalk has horizontal separations equal to or greater than 3/4” within the square, or greater than 1” at the sidewalk joints.
- The cross slope of the sidewalk exceeds more than 1” per foot.
- Missing slabs of sidewalk.
Sidewalks will be marked using the follow symbols denoting the deficiency to be repaired.
Sidewalk Repair Symbol Legend
C = Cracked Slab
D = Dip or drop in slab
M = Missing slabs that are required to be installed
S = Slope of slab toward the street
V = Vertical misalignment of the slab
X = Complete removal of slab for repair
T = City responsible for slabs damaged by trees in the right of way
The inspector will report deficiencies to the homeowner on the Sidewalk Inspection Report.
Property owners adjacent to any sidewalk that is marked for repair will be notified of their responsibility to repair the sidewalk through a notification letter that is sent to the owner of record, as listed at the Lake County Auditor’s Office.
Along with the notification letter, copies of the Sidewalk Inspection Report and Sidewalk Specification Sheet are mailed to the property owner. A deadline for the completion of the repair work will be included. The date given is dependent upon the date the Resolution of Necessity for repair was passed by Mentor City Council; it allows for a minimum of 45 days for the completion of the repairs.
A permit is required for the repair work only if sidewalk will be replaced The contractor performing the work will need to be registered with the city. There is NO FEE for this permit. A permit application can be downloaded from www.cityofmentor.com/live/permits and then completed and brought in or mailed to the Engineering Department.
Concrete slab replacement for sidewalks shall conform to the following detail: Sidewalk Detail. Where full concrete slabs will be replaced, inspection of the stone base and formwork is required prior to the placement of concrete. Inspection of sidewalk slabs that have had cracks sealed or have been leveled by slab-jacking will take place after the work has been completed. The property owner will be notified, if the repair work is unsatisfactory. If no attempt is made to repair the sidewalk, or if the unsatisfactory repairs have not been corrected within the time frame for completion, a letter is sent to the owner notifying them that the city will be taking charge of the repair work.
The city then arranges for the completion of the required repair work, and the adjoining property owner is invoiced for all construction costs plus administrative fees. If the invoice remains unpaid after 30 days, the costs are then assessed against the property owner’s taxes to be paid in six semi-annual installments.
City Causes - If the damage to the sidewalk is caused by a tree located within the public right of way, the city will be responsible for the repair of the damaged sidewalk, as long as the damage is directly attributable to the tree. Each situation will be evaluated individually by city staff.
Curb Ramps - The city will be responsible for the maintenance and repair of curb ramps at intersections across public streets.
City of Mentor’s Engineering Department
8500 Civic Center Blvd., Mentor, Ohio 44060