Residents fight Ore. City over sidewalk damage

Residents fight Ore. City over sidewalk damage

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Posted on September 17, 2013 at 10:46 AM

Updated Monday, Sep 23 at 3:43 PM

OREGON CITY-- Ore A handful of homeowners in Oregon City’s Tower Vista neighborhood are battling city officials over who’s responsible for repairing local sidewalks.

When the city started receiving complaints about tripping hazards caused by buckling and uneven sidewalks it ordered adjacent homeowners to do the repairs.

That would cost thousands of dollars, according to resident Irene Toth, who lives near the corner of Tower Hill Drive and Boynton Street.

“I live day-to-day,” said Toth, who’s been in the neighborhood for nearly a decade. Toth said she doesn’t have the money to repair the concrete in front of her home. “I don’t have a fat savings account to dip into it.”

Residents counter that street trees are causing the problem and that’s the fault of the developer.

“There’s nothing in this neighborhood that I see was a mistake on the developer’s part,” said city Public Works Director John Lewis.

The city said the sidewalks, parking strips and trees belong to the residents and that they’re on the hook for repairs.

Toth is hoping for a miracle.

But so far the city has laid all the responsibility for fixing the sidewalks on the resident’s doorsteps.

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