The Deadline to Sign Up for the Knox 50/50 Sidewalk Replacement Program is Coming Up Soon

With the weather improving many people may be looking to spruce up the area around their house or business. Luckily for citizens of Knox, there is still about one week to get involved in the city’s 50/50 Sidewalk Replacement program.

Mayor Dennis Estok issued a reminder about the upcoming deadline at Tuesday night’s city council meeting.

Estok explained, “The 50/50 program for residents and commercial, the due date for that is coming up pretty fast so if anybody is going to enter it, they have to come up and get the application and have it in by May 4th to be a part of that program.”

In order to be eligible, individuals must have the application in to the Mayor’s Office by the time it closes at 4 p.m. that Friday.

The program allows business owners and residents to obtain assistance with replacing the sidewalks in front of or around their homes and establishments. The Mayor’s Office will review requests for sidewalk replacements on a first come, first served basis and approve eligible projects until the money to support the program runs out.

According to a press release about the program, the street superintendent will measure and inspect the requested area and approve or disapprove of the work order. If it is approved, the next step is to bid the project out to contractors.

After the bid is awarded, the property owner will be notified of the cost and must provide 50 percent to the city before construction can commence. The property owner’s portion of the payment must be provided within fourteen days of the notification or the project will be placed on the bottom of the work schedule.

Upon completion of the work, the street superintendent will make one final inspection and approve payment to the contractor, with the other 50 percent of the cost for labor and material coming from the city.

The application can be obtained from the Mayor’s Office at 101 West Washington Street. If you have any questions about the program call 574-772-4553.