LIVINGSTON, NJ - Now that Livingston has started its own sidewalk program and begun filling in the missing stretches of sidewalk on Township property, what’s next? The answer: A 50/50 sidewalk program for residents, offering reduced costs and better sidewalks.
By ordinance, replacement and repair of existing sidewalks, as well as, construction of new sidewalk must be done in concrete. To assist residents, Livingston has arranged a 50/50 cost-sharing program for fixing and replacing old, broken, missing, or asphalt sidewalks.
“Any residential property owner in Livingston can apply,” stated Rich Calbi, Township Engineer. Simply complete a “Cost-Share Sidewalk Repair Program Application” and return it to the Engineering Department, 357 S. Livingston Avenue.
The Township has set up an assistance program that consists of three components. First, it requires residents to pay only 50% of the cost of fixing or replacing their sidewalks. Second, it offers savings of approximately 20% on the overall cost of hiring your own independent contractor. Third, it gives residents 5 years over which to pay their share.
“Once you have submitted your Application form along with a copy of your property survey, your application will be evaluated for program participation,” explained Calbi. “Following acceptance into the program, you will receive a cost estimate, a sketch of the sidewalk to be replaced, and a payment contract.”
As the Township receives signed contracts, the sidewalk construction will be consolidated into one public bid for competitive bidding by qualified Contractors. The amount of properties eligible for participation each year will be based on the amount of available funding. Once construction begins, all work and inspections will be by Township Contractors and employees. All work is bonded for a period of two years, and the Township will bill the appropriate resident annually for their share.
Safe and Durable
According to the town, when the work is done, residents will have a safe, walkable, durable sidewalk. In addition, sidewalk maintenance will be easier, especially during the winter, when snow and ice can make broken or damaged sidewalks both treacherous and difficult to clear. In addition, the town suggests that residents will benefit from the increased curb appeal and improved property values that go along with having concrete sidewalks in good condition.
Fore more information, residents may visit the Town Hall to get a brochure and form at the Engineering window on the 2nd floor. Information is also provided online at www.livingstonnj.org by clicking the “Engineering”.