Bell appealed his case to the Portland City Council. He lost. During his appeal the city commissioner who oversees PBOT, Chloe Eudaly, said it's vital that sidewalks in Portland remain safe.
“As the mother of a now almost 18-year-old child who uses a wheelchair, that sidewalk repair… maintaining that public asset and maintaining access and safety is important," she said.
But after she made that statement, we went to Commissioner Eudaly's home, where she is a renter, and the sidewalks were a lot worse than the "hazard" sidewalks outside Kyle's home. And despite her statement about safe sidewalks, to this day, she's made no effort to fix them.
In fact, they’re not only cracked and uneven, the sidewalks are now overgrown with grass, which makes them even more of a safety violation.
In addition, the sidewalks in front of PBOT Director Chris Warner's house, were also violating city code, and as described by his own bureau, a major safety hazard.
Months ago, Warner told KGW, “I pledge to fix my sidewalk quickly, so that my neighbors and others can get around easily and safely."
But he didn’t. Not yet. When we went back to check his sidewalks, nothing had been fixed. And as the Portland Bureau of Transportation continues to enforce the sidewalk policy against Portlanders, Warner continues to violate his own code.
Director Warner sent KGW an updated statement, reading, "As the Director of the Portland Bureau of Transportation, I am committed to a transportation system that is safe and accessible for all Portlanders, and I am working with a contractor to find a good solution for my sidewalk. I am working with the contractor and the city's Urban Forester on the best solution forward."
Kyle Bell said he’s disappointed.
“I would've liked to believe that they would've taken care of it immediately. I don't think that necessarily admits guilt by taking care of it. It's just doing what every citizen is being told they're responsible for, and by what I've been told with a $5,000 bill that I'm responsible for," he said.