Each year, the Village of South Holland performs sidewalk maintenance to repair defective sections of sidewalk and curb throughout the Village. These repairs ensure safety for walkers as well as reduce liability for property owners and the Village.
Public streets are maintained by the Village of South Holland, but the repair and replacement of damaged sidewalk slabs are the responsibility of the private property owner whose property is adjacent to the sidewalk. The Village ordinance that covers this responsibility is Sec. 17-5 Repair of Sidewalks. The ordinance states that “all public sidewalk pavement shall be kept in good repair by the abutting property owner. All repair work shall be under the supervision of the superintendent of public works. (Code 1960)”
To help with that responsibility, the Village of South Holland offers property owners the opportunity to improve the appearance and safety of their property and the neighborhood with the 50/50 Sidewalk Replacement Program. Once a piece of sidewalk has been identified as a safety hazard, it becomes a liability to the property owner and the Village.
Sidewalks that meet the maintenance criteria are marked with white paint. Sidewalk squares in need of maintenance are designated with a “X” mark. Paint lines and arrows are used to denote sidewalk sections that need repair and will be scheduled to be replaced in the current year’s sidewalk maintenance program. Some of these sidewalk sections may be replaced in coordination with the current year’s resurfacing programs.
2021 Sidewalk Maintenance Program STATUS
Inspections for the 2021 Sidewalk Maintenance Program are now Complete. Any new requests that meet the Village’s criteria for replacement received on or before July 1, 2021, were placed in this year’s program.
Construction for the 2021 Sidewalk Maintenance program is scheduled to begin around August 1, 2021. The contractor for this year’s program is JJ Newell. Applicants who have met the criteria for replacement through the 2021 Sidewalk Maintenance Program will receive a letter approving the request and explaining the charges. If the applicant pays the established fee within two weeks, the construction project will be scheduled. Please review the letter for more information.
2022 Sidewalk Maintenance Program STATUS
Applications and inspections for the 2022 Sidewalk Maintenance Program will start on July 2, 2021. Any new requests that meet the Village’s criteria for replacement received on or before October 31, 2021, will be placed in the 2022 program. The project will be released for bid this winter and a contractor will be selected by the end of March 2022. Applicants who have met the criteria for replacement through the 2022 Sidewalk Maintenance Program will receive a letter identifying whether their sidewalk is eligible for the program and estimating the potential costs. Once the construction contract has been awarded the applicant will receive an invoice for the proposed work. If the applicant pays the established fee within two weeks the construction project will be scheduled. The applicant will be notified via an orange door hanger of the pending construction schedule. Please review the letters and door hanger for more information.
The Village of South Holland repairs and replaces sidewalks on a cost-sharing basis. A typical 5 ft x 5 ft square of sidewalk slab costs approximately $225.00 (2021 costs), of which half ($112.50) will be invoiced to the property owner. All invoiced costs must be received by the Village before work will be scheduled.
- For all sidewalks adjacent to private property, the cost is split 50-50 between the Village and property owner.
- For all ADA Ramp replacements at street crossings the Village will contribute 100% of the cost to repair and replace the ramps.
Additionally, the Village allows homeowners to replace sidewalks at their property through private contract. This allows for flexibility in replacing additional sections of sidewalk, in coordination with work on the private property, or when the resident wishes to be involved in the scheduling and management of the work on their property. Sidewalk sections found to meet criteria for inclusion in the Village’s program are eligible for reimbursement if replaced through a private contact.
SIDEWALK REPLACEMENT PROGRAM REIMBURSEMENT GUIDELINES
To qualify, one of the following conditions must exist:
- Walks must be sunken or risen to a height difference of one inch or more between sections,
Applicants will be contacted by the Village whether their sidewalk is eligible for the program or not. If their sidewalk qualifies, the Village will send a letter outlining the program.
Where sidewalks are replaced through an asphalt driveway or apron, the Village of South Holland will repair the affected area. Asphalt driveways will have an approximately 2′ wide patch around the damaged area.
*PLEASE NOTE THAT ALL DECORATIVE LANDSCAPING, SPRINKLER SYSTEMS AND BURIED ELECTRONIC FENCE EQUIPMENT MUST BE LOCATED AND CLEARLY MARKED BY THE HOMEOWNER. PROTECTION OF THESE ITEMS IS THE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE HOMEOWNER. THE VILLAGE OF SOUTH HOLLAND WILL NOT BE RESPONSIBLE FOR DAMAGE TO UNMARKED SYSTEMS.
HOW TO APPLY
The deadline to apply for the 2022 Sidewalk Maintenance Program the deadline is October 31, 2021.
Call (708) 339-2323 to apply or if you have questions about the program.
A Village inspector will evaluate your sidewalk to see if it qualifies.
Residents included in the current year’s project are notified prior to construction.
The deadline to request an inspection for the 2022 Sidewalk Maintenance Program the deadline is October 31, 2021.
Following inspection, applicants who have met the criteria for replacement through the Sidewalk Maintenance Program will receive a letter identifying whether their sidewalk is eligible for the program and estimating the potential costs. Once the construction contract has been awarded the applicant will receive an invoice for the proposed work. Please review the letters and door hangers for more information.
Multiple construction crews perform work in the program. Below is a basic outline of how work is performed:
- Crews use a saw to cut the sidewalk to allow for clean removal and to prevent damage to adjacent sidewalk or driveway pavement.
- A second crew removes the sidewalk.
- Another crew installs wood/metal framing to help form the concrete when it is poured.
- A fourth crew pours the concrete and puts the finishing touches on the surface of the concrete.
- A separate crew will replace the asphalt at the driveway apron or street if needed.
- Finally, the area around sidewalk is backfilled with topsoil and seed by a landscaping crew.