§ 97.090  POLICY PRIORITIES; COST SHARING.
   (A)   The city may choose to fully fund sidewalk, concrete replacement and/or installation projects. The sidewalk replacement policy shall be administered by the City Engineer and shall be prioritized and defined as follows:
      (1)   Along residential lots on major and minor arterial and collector streets.
      (2)   Adjacent to city owned property.
      (3)   Part of street improvement projects.
      (4)   Within two blocks of a school.
      (5)   Adjacent to government buildings.
      (6)   U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development funded projects.
      (7)   Projects funded by a grant.
      (8)   Patches and point repairs.
      (9)   Sidewalk replacement at or near a bus stop shall be reviewed so that handicap lifts can be accommodated, if needed.
   (B)   To facilitate a safe walkable city, the city has established the cost sharing program as follows:
      (1)   Residential lot sidewalks, curbs, driveway approaches and retaining walls within the public right-of-way may be replaced on a 75/25 basis to the standard residential sidewalk width.
      (2)   Institutional, non- profit, commercial and industrial sidewalks may be replaced on a 75/25 basis. In regard to curbs and driveway approaches, this work shall be done to the standard limit of a commercial sidewalk under the same basis.
      (3)   The city will pay 100% for replacement of ADA accessible ramps on residential lots.
      (4)   New sidewalk, including retaining walls, and/or curbs along residential lots may be installed on a 75/25 basis.
      (5)   Sidewalks damaged by property owners, contractors or others shall be paid 100% by the property owner or responsible party.
      (6)   New driveway approaches, parking pads or other concrete work not defined above shall be paid 100% by the property owner unless otherwise approved by commission.
      (7)   Sidewalks including ADA accessible ramps, curbs, retaining walls, driveway approaches required to be replaced and/or installed with a new development or redevelopment project will be paid 100% by property owner.
      (8)   Nothing in this policy shall prevent a property owner from paying 100% of costs upon approval by the city. This may be accomplished by:
         (a)   Contracting the work with a private contractor and securing all permits from the city to work within the right-of-way;
         (b)   Entering into an agreement to have the city’s concrete contractor install the improvements (pending feasibility and availability of resources); or
         (c)   Installing the work yourself. (Owner must obtain permit, construct per Ashland specifications and pass inspection.)
      (9)   The City Commission may approve special projects for sidewalks or other concrete projects by formal action.
      (10)   This policy is subject to available funding and the priority of individual projects shall be determined by the city.
      (11)   The city will not install or replace any concrete on private property.
      (12)   All cost participation projects require City Manager approval.
      (13)   The city shall be the sole interpreter of this policy.
(Ord. 48-2015, passed 5-28-15)