250 Sidewalks Are Out of Luck When it Comes to Being Repaired Citizens and property owners have identified 410 sidewalk sections that need replaced. The 2020 budget will take care of 160 of them. While property owners can hire someone to do the work, there’s an incentive for some to get a quote from the city. If the damage is caused by the roots of trees planted by the city of Akron, the money to replace the sidewalk comes out of the city’s general fund, not the property owners’ pocketbook. In really bad cases, the city replaces the tree with another that doesn’t have such a sprawling root system. But “if it’s just normal wear and tear on the sidewalks,” Public Service Director Chris Ludle told City Council this week, “then we will assess them $25.25 per [foot].” The funding breakdown for the projects is $405,000 in municipal borrowing, which is repaid through income tax collections, and $150,000 in estimated assessments for private property owners who by law must maintain sidewalks. If you get stuck with the bill you can spread it out over five years as an additional charge on property tax bills. For the first time, the city is adding money ($50,000) to make sidewalks accessible to wheelchairs around Akron’s community centers and parks. The process for adding a sidewalk in your neighborhood starts with a complaint.. A city engineer then assess the project, determining the extent of the damage and who’s responsible to pay for the fix. To add a sidewalk section to the city’s list, call 3-1-1 inside Akron, 330-375-2311 from outside the city or visit https://311.akronohio.gov/csrsite/csr/eula (https://311.akronohio.gov/csrsite/csr/eula) . City Council has moved the 2020 sidewalk budget for approval at the next regular public meeting on Monday. Daylight Saving Time Non Binding Ban Passed Most of the Ohio Senate is tired of changing their clocks twice a year, and they want the U.S. Congress to stop the madness.. That’s why they passed a non-binding resolution 31 to 1 February 25th urging the federal government to remove the requirement that states on DST only use it during specific dates (the second Sunday in March through the first Sunday in November). “This is basically government induced biannual jet lag,” Sen. Kristina Roegner, R-Hudson, said. U.S. states and territories can stay on standard time year round. That’s what Hawaii, Arizona and Puerto Rico do, but Roegner said that’s not ideal. She’d rather have more light in the evenings. “You’ll have more time to get out and exercise,” Roegner said. “It has also been shown that there’s a reduction in crime because of the lighter hours later.” Standard time supporters say most people don’t want to wake, get ready and send their kids to wait for the school bus in the dark. Start our PodcastStep by step tutorials Live group coaching (get your questions asked) Private Facebook filled with other brilliant podcasting minds Priority email support with private instructional videos (ask a question expect a video answer) 30-day money-back Guarantee Go to www.schoolofpodcasting.com/start (http://www.schoolofpodcasting.com/start) Akron Events Calendar http://akronpodcast.com/events/ (http://akronpodcast.com/events/) Support this podcast
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