Why do I have to pay for the city's sidewalk?

City Ordinance §650-5C dictates that all sidewalks within the City shall be kept and maintained in good repair by the owner of the land adjacent to and abutting upon it. If any owner shall neglect to keep and maintain the sidewalk along the front, rear, or side of the land owned by him in good repair and safe for the use of the public, the owner shall be liable to the City for any damages recovered against the City sustained by any person by reason of such sidewalk being unsafe and out of repair.

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1. Why does the city have a sidewalk improvement program?
2. Why do I have to pay for the city's sidewalk?
3. Can I hire a contractor or do the work myself?
4. How can I add additional concrete paving work?
5. When will I be billed for the sidewalk work?
6. How can I pay the sidewalk bill over a longer period of time?
7. I don’t have sidewalk now adjacent to my property. Why did I receive a Sidewalk Improvement Notice?
8. What if I disagree with the number or selection of sidewalk panels to be replaced?
9. How long will the construction take?
10. Some of the sidewalk squares are in my driveway. How can I get in and out during the construction?
11. What about my yard sprinkler system adjacent to the sidewalk?
12. What if the sidewalk has been tilted, raised or affected by adjacent tree roots?