(A)   Public sidewalks may be constructed upon petition signed by the owner or owners of real property abutting the line of the proposed sidewalk according to the provisions of this section and the rules and regulations of the Street and Alley Committee of the City Council.
   (B)   The petition for a public sidewalk shall contain the name and address of each real property owner, the amount of frontage on the same and shall stipulate that the property owner or owners will pay one-third of the total cost of the proposed sidewalk along his, her or its property. The property owner shall pay to the city at the time the petition is presented, his, her or its one-third share of the estimated cost of the sidewalk.
   (C)   All sidewalks shall be constructed by the city by contract or by special agreement between the city and the property owner according to the following specifications. The concrete shall be made of the following materials or equivalents:
      (1)   The sidewalk and driveway approach shall be constructed of Class “X” concrete, which will be in accordance with the provisions set forth in Section 118.2 of the “Standard Specifications for Road and Bridge Construction of the State of Illinois, Division of Highways,” and as these specifications might from time-to-time be amended.
      (2)   The contractor shall not add water to the concrete surface once the concrete is poured, as a means of smoothing the surface, but shall ensure that the smoothing takes place immediately after the pour.
      (3)   When the average daily temperature is below 50°F., the newly laid concrete shall be protected with a layer of loose dry straw, which shall remain in place for ten days. When the minimum temperature is below 35°F., at any time during the first five days of the curing period, not less than 12 inches of loose, dry straw shall be placed immediately as a protection and shall remain on the pavement for ten days.
      (4)   Concrete should be poured no less than three-inch slump nor more than five- inch slump.
      (5)   Walks should be no less than four feet wide and shall be of a minimum thickness of four inches except at street or alley crossings and at driveways where the thickness shall be increased to a minimum of six inches.
      (6)   Walks should be scored or sawed at least each six lineal feet.
      (7)   Concrete should be protected from sun, wind and rain for no less than seven days to allow for proper curing.
      (8)   The finished surface shall not be left smooth, but at least light broomed or brush finished.
      (9)   Concrete should not be poured on frozen subbase or when freezing temperatures are expected unless properly protected. Subbase should be of fill sand or gravel compacted.
      (10)   All work must be done in a workmanlike manner.
   (D)   The city shall have full power, right and authority to remove any obstruction to the proper construction of any sidewalk to be built pursuant to this section.
(Ord. 419, passed 7-16-73; Am. Ord. 602, passed 7-6-92) Penalty, see § 92.99