The Culver Town Council discussed an issue concerning a participant with last year’s sidewalk replacement program.
Clerk-Treasurer Karen Heim explained to the council members that a resident applied for the sidewalk program last year. As the season wore on, the applicant found that the project could not be completed in 2016 and asked if the same request could be considered in the 2017 application process. Utility Superintendent Bob Porter confirmed that all of the specifications were complete for the cement to be poured, but another construction project at that location delayed the sidewalk installation.
Heim thought the applicant was told that another application would need to be filed for this year’s program, but that procedure was not followed. The resident was able to complete the sidewalk earlier this year while the weather cooperated but before the applications were being taken for this year’s program.
A reimbursement request for the project in the amount of $1,352 was presented to the town council for approval.
Heim asked the council if that reimbursement should be honored and with what funds. She said $1,469 remained from last year’s sidewalk replacement program.
After much discussion, the town council agreed that the resident followed all of the rules for the 2016 program, but simply did not reapply for the program in 2017. The council agreed to reimburse the $1,352 cost. An additional appropriation request may be needed as the funding is reviewed. The council will also review the policy and revise it as necessary so this issue is not repeated.
Four applications have been accepted for this year’s program. Measurements are being taken and the paperwork will be presented to the council at the next meeting. About $8,000 was budgeted for the program this year.