Curb, Gutter, Sidewalk, and Driveway Apron Replacement Program
The City of Oxford Curb, Gutter, Sidewalk, and Driveway Apron Repair Program
The following information is a general summary, intended to help the community understand the reasons for the City of Oxford’s (City) Curb, Gutter, Sidewalk, and Driveway Apron Repair Program.
Per the Ohio Revised Code (ORC) Chapter 729, the property owner of the abutting curb, gutter, and sidewalk is responsible for the repair/replacement of any damaged concrete. The City of Oxford Ordinance 905.08 reflects the spirit of this chapter of the ORC.
When the City receives a complaint about a trip or fall hazard, it is obligated to act. City staff will visit the site, take photos and measurements, and send a notification to the property owner to repair the concrete area. The property owner has 90 days to correct the noted defect(s).
This improvement is the most common. Each year the City has budgeted funds to resurface City streets. To help ensure the longevity and integrity of the resurfaced street, all damaged curb, gutter, sidewalk, and driveway aprons shall be replaced prior to beginning the work. By doing this, the number of street cuts can be reduced with future work, and the integrity of the street can last much longer.
The letter to the property owner will indicate which of the above reasons resulted in a letter being sent. As stated above, per City ordinance, the property owner has 90 days to make the repair. A list of contractors, who have a copy of the City’s Curb, Gutter, and Sidewalk Specifications, is included with the letter. This list will allow the property owner to compare bids from contractors of their choice.
If the property owner is not in a position to repair/replace the concrete in question, they have the option to have the City’s contractor make the required repairs and have the cost assessed to the taxes of the property.
After 90 days, if a permit has not been obtained, and the concrete repair(s) complete, the City will add the property to a list for assessment.
The City will advertise for bids for the special assessment work. After a contract is awarded to the lowest and/or best bidder, the incomplete concrete work will be completed. The resident will then be sent a notification giving 30 days to pay the total cost of repairs made to the property based on the bid price submitted by the City’s contractor. If payment has not been made in full, the total cost of the repairs to the property will be assessed to the parcel’s property taxes. The property owner will have the total cost of repairs, added to the property taxes, to be paid over a period of 5 years at an interest rate currently set at 5%.
For the most current list of concrete contractors, click here.