From The Building Department
Released: 9/6/2011
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Sidewalk Maintenance
 
From the Lyndhurst Codified Ordinance: Safety, Sanitation and Health.
Section 660.05 DUTY TO KEEP SIDEWALKS IN REPAIR AND CLEAN.
 
(a) No owner or occupant of abutting lands shall fail to keep the sidewalks, curbs or gutters in repair and free from snow, ice or any nuisance.
 
Homeowners and or tenants are responsible for maintaining the sidewalks in front of their home. Every year, we receive complaints from walkers, joggers, bike riders, dog walkers, etc, about an unsafe sidewalk. In many instances, the unsafe condition caused an injury which resulted in a lawsuit against the homeowner. When this happens, the city is usually brought in to the suit.
 
These suits can be quite costly to defend against even though you most likely have home insurance with coverage. And even though one may have coverage, it can mean unnecessary time in court, loss of wages and be just plain aggravating. And some of the injuries I have known about have been quite severe.
 
We would ask that each of you take a critical look at your sidewalks and ask; Are my walks in a condition that would be safe for persons of all ages to walk, run, or otherwise use as they were put there for? If not, then we would ask that you make the necessary repairs as soon as possible.
 
Lyndhurst has started once again to inspect sections of the city each year and cite homeowner's for necessary repairs. If you choose to use the city contractor, you can usually save money as we go out for bids and take the lowest and best cost. Or you can choose to make the repairs yourself.
 
However, due to the hard economic times we are all enduring, we can only do a small potion of the city at a time. Please do your part in keeping our sidewalks safe. Thank you.


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The City of Lyndhurst, Ohio @ www.lyndhurst-oh.com

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