Curb, Sidewalk and Drive Approach Repair – General Information

As the city of Kettering ages, it is our responsibility to ensure that appropriate maintenance is scheduled to preserve the safety and appearance of our  infrastructure including roadways and sidewalks.  Each year, the City’s Engineering Department conducts a sidewalk and curb repair program.

The program calls for a different section of the city to be inspected and appropriately maintained each year.  The goal is to cover every area of the city within a 20 to 25 year period.

Along with most communities, Kettering property owners are responsible for the sidewalk, curbs and drive approaches abutting their properties. In Ohio, state law provides for this practice on the premise that property owners get the most benefit from these items because they are available for their use, and it enhances the value of their property.

City Engineering Department inspectors review sidewalks, curbs and drive approaches and mark the sections that must be replaced. The criteria for replacement or repair was established by City Council and has been used for several years. After the marking is completed, an explanation of the markings, a copy of the required work, an estimated cost and the options for completing the work are sent to the affected property owners.

If there is a disagreement between the Inspector and the property owner regarding replacement orders, the City Engineer will re-examine the curb, sidewalk or drive approach in question and make the final determination.

There are two options for repairing the sidewalks and curbs.

  1. The property owner may hire a contractor. The contractor must obtain a right-of-way construction permitto replace the sidewalk, drive approach and/or curbs. The contractor has 30 days from the time the permit is issued to complete the work. The contractor must post a performance bond which will remain on file with the City for a period of 12 months. The contractor must also provide proof of insurance, listing the City of Kettering as an additional insured. The work must also have a final inspection from the City inspector. You may contact the Engineering Department at 937-296-2436 to check on contractor’s bond and insurance status.
  2. The contractor the City hires may complete the work.  In the spring of the year the work is to be performed, the resident receives a letter stating the estimated cost. The City pays the contractor for the actual cost of the work. Once the work is completed and a final letter is sent to the property owners, the property owner may either pay cash to the City for the work or have the actual cost plus interest, and a County collection fee assessed to their property taxes.

Sidewalk, curb and drive approach repair is a vital part of neighborhood pride, as well as overall community spirit.  If everyone does their part, improvements will be a lot easier. Any property owner that has questions about the program should contact the Engineering Department at 937-296-2436, Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m.to 5:00 p.m. or at KetteringEngineering@ketteringoh.org

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