BOROUGH OF WYOMISSING SIDEWALK REPLACEMENT PROGRAM & APPLICATION

The Borough will again be implementing a 50/50 Sidewalk Replacement Program to improve the quality of our public sidewalk system. The program will be based off of a cooperative agreement between homeowner’s and the Borough, in which the Borough will contribute half the cost, up to $1,000, for voluntary repairs made to a public sidewalk, by the homeowner. Applications are due back to the Borough Hall by April 30, 2020

HOW IS PARTICIPATION DETERMINED?

Any homeowner that would like to be included in the program should complete the required application. Annual funding is limited and approved on a first come, first serve basis, with priority given to properties that have significant sidewalk damage. After submitting an application, Borough staff will inspect your sidewalk to confirm it is eligible for the program. At this time, eligibility is limited to single family, owner occupied properties and sidewalks that are heaved or broken by Borough owned trees.

WHAT IS THE CRITERIA FOR ELIBILITY?

Sidewalks that are one horizontally or vertically displaced, will qualify for the program. In some cases, repairs to adjacent sidewalk panels may be necessary to fully correct the problem. Those panels would also be eligible for funding. Sidewalks damaged by Borough planted trees will receive priority funding.

HOW IS THE PROGRAM FUNDED AND THE COST SPLIT BETWEEN THE BOROUGH AND HOMEOWNER?

The Borough will begin setting aside funding for the project as part of the annual budget. Once the Borough has received applications and created a prioritized inventory, the Borough will publicly bid the project as a package to obtain the best possible price. The Borough will contribute 50% of the total cost to repair the sidewalk, up to a maximum of $1,000. Repair costs above 50% or $2,000 total, would be the homeowner’s responsibility. In cases where Borough planted trees are causing severe damage, alternative options will be suggested such as a radius around the base of the tree.

ARE DRIVEWAYS, CURBS AND APRONS ELIGIBLE FOR THE PROGRAM?

No, at this time these items are not included in the program and are solely the responsibility of the homeowner. If annual street work is being performed that will affect the curb, homeowners along that street will receive letters informing them of the ability to have the Borough include their curb as part of the project bid package, but would still be responsible to repay the Borough at full cost.

WHO SHOULD I CONTACT WITH QUESTIONS ABOUT THE PROGRAM?

You may contact Jim Babb at Borough Hall at 610-376-7481.

50/50 Sidewalk Application