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The program areas will follow the Gahanna Street Programs, which update curb ramps and crosswalks to be ADA compliant. This approach will allow the City to create a continuous ADA compliant pedestrian route within the program area.
Section 729.01 of the Ohio Revised Code provides for municipalities to require property owners to maintain the sidewalk that abuts their property. It is also a requirement set forth in City of Gahanna Ordinance 521.06. The City offers a 50% cost share program for property owners who have the work completed by the City and their contractor. Property owners who opt-out are not eligible for the 50% cost share.
No. Property owners may hire a private company or complete the repairs themselves. A right-of-way permit will be required prior to beginning any work, which details the specifications for sidewalk repairs.
Street trees that are on the prohibited tree list within the City’s Comprehensive Landscape Plan will be removed. This will include stump grinding and root bulb removal. Non-prohibited street trees identified as the cause of needed maintenance will be evaluated by the City Arborist to determine if tree removal or root pruning is necessary. Trees on private property that are the cause of needed maintenance will be root pruned by the City. No trees on private property will be removed by the City.
When the property owner participates in the program, the City will pay for the removal of identified street trees at no cost to the owner. Property owners who opt-out of the program will be responsible for the cost of tree removal and pruning.
Property owners who opt-out of the program will not be required to remove street trees. The City will not remove street trees for property owners who opt-out of the program.
The City will not replace street trees. However, a property owner may replace the tree on their own and at their own expense. All new or replacement trees within the right-of-way shall be approved by the City Arborist. A right-of-way permit will also be required prior to beginning any work.
Clearing sidewalks and driveway approaches are the responsibility of the property owner. City Code states "No owner or occupant of abutting lands shall fail to keep sidewalks, curbs or gutters in repair and free from snow, ice or any nuisance." (ORC 723.011) Please report all code violations to the City's Code Enforcement Officer at 614-342-4028.