The sidewalks in the village of Baldwinsville have not been repaired in approximately 80 years.
Mayor Joseph Saraceni is ready to make a change, and he said he believes many residents should take advantage of the fair program the village board, along with the department of public works and code enforcement office, has been working on as a solution to the deteriorating sidewalks.
The plan, though not yet finalized, would allow residents to have their sidewalks repaired through a contract with the village. The residents would then pay back the cost of the repair, including interest, over a three-year period of time.
A main concern with many residents is the cost of the repair. Village trustee David Mott addressed the financial issue in the Oct. 19 village board meeting.
"Consider -- we need to be sensitive to the people of the village who may not be prepared to immediately settle right way," Mott said. "If they're aware they're targeted to have their sidewalk repaired, give them a schedule -- a year out -- and let them prepare."
Mott also said that with the amount of disrepair, especially in older sections of the village, cost is the reason why the work has been put off for such a long period of time.
"I don't think there's a person out there who doesn't know if their sidewalk needs repair," he said. "We just have to be sensitive."
Mayor Saraceni said he plans to give residents eight or nine months to prepare financially. He also pointed out the many options that residents have when it comes to the upkeep of their sidewalks.
"This is not a mandatory program," he said. "People can contract it out, if they have a friend (in the business) they can have them do the work."
At the Oct. 18 meeting, village attorney Ron Carr said if the village can announce the amount per square foot the village program would cost at a public hearing, then the residents would be able to calculate, ahead of time, how they would be assessed by the village and if they would want to use the program.