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Portland's sidewalk repair policy trips up homeowner with costly bill

It's the first appeal to the city council in 20 years. "It's tough to fight City Hall," he says. However, apparent sidewalk violations exist by the homes of Portland elected officials.

Chris Willis

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Published: 4:49 PM PDT March 14, 2019
Updated: 10:41 AM PDT April 12, 2019

A Portland man is facing thousands of dollars for "sidewalk repair" charges for what he says were unnecessary fixes. 

Homeowner Kyle Bell says his sidewalk was fine - no tripping hazards, no large cracks and no dips. But the City of Portland deemed it to be a hazard and that it had to be repaired. The total cost of the project was $7,321. 

So the Portland Bureau of Transportation hired a crew to do the work and sent Bell the bill. 

“Everything became sort of opinion at some point,” he said, “and the opinion of the homeowner doesn't count. There was no tripping hazards; nothing was raised at all.”

Credit: KGW
Kyle Bell's sidewalk before repair work

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