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Posted on: February 2, 2021

Sidewalk Q&A

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The City of Liberty Lake and its citizens want to create a community that is safe and accessible to everyone. To create a better city, we are providing information and assistance opportunities regarding the upkeep of City and homeowner sidewalks!

How Can I Help?

Reduce Tripping & Slipping Hazards

 Trim back or remove shrubs and bushes that may hang over sidewalks

 Repair cracks and heaving

 During winter months, shovel and de-ice to keep sidewalks safe

 Tree limbs that hang less than 7.5 Feet above the sidewalk should be pruned or removed

 If the sidewalk has heaved 2 inches or less, it may qualify for the City grinding program

I have questions, I need to report a sidewalk concern, or I would like more information on the City’s sidewalk grinding opportunity for a sidewalk that is my responsibility...What next?

Call Jennifer Camp, the City’s Operations & Maintenance Director, for information on the grinding program, sidewalk standards, homeowner sidewalk responsibility questions, and to report sidewalk safety concerns. Her number is (509) 755-6714.

Thank You!

Sidewalk Maintenance Info & FAQ

The City of Liberty Lake and its citizens want to create a community that is safe and usable for everyone. To create a better city, we are providing information and assistance opportunities regarding the upkeep of City and homeowner sidewalks!

What does this all mean?

Bushes that encroach on or over any part of the sidewalk area must be cut back or removed

Tree limbs that hangover the sidewalk area at an elevation of less than 7.5 feet above the sidewalk level must be removed or pruned accordingly

Sidewalk damage from heaving or cracks must be repaired if it creates a tripping hazard.

For trip hazards less than two inches, please refer to the FAQ below!

Q: What do I do if I have a trip hazard along the sidewalk bordering my property? Trip hazards are the responsibility of the adjacent property. If a sidewalk can be ground, then the homeowner can either call a contractor to come out and grind it smooth, or contact Jen Camp at the City to inquire about the sidewalk grinding program that the City offers. Please note, if the sidewalk cannot be ground, it is still the responsibility of the homeowner to replace the affected sidewalk panel. Q: What is the sidewalk grinding program? Does it cost the homeowner? It is a program provided by the City to help homeowners maintain safe walkways around their properties. If the homeowner chooses, they can contact the City to be added to a list for assessment of their trip hazard by City staff. There is no cost to the homeowner.

Q: Who can I talk to at the City? Jen Camp will answer any questions regarding sidewalk maintenance and responsibilities, and can help homeowners sign up for the sidewalk grinding program.

Q: What do I have to do to get started with the program? Call Jen Camp at 509-755-6700, and your information will be taken. A staff person will come out and assess if the walk can be ground. If it can, then the City will coordinate with the homeowner to sign a liability waiver, then schedule a time when the sidewalk can be ground. Please remember, if the sidewalk has heaved beyond a certain point and cannot be ground, then the homeowner should call a contractor to replace the affected sidewalk panel.

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