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Roswell officials look for solutions to replace crumbling sidewalks

Faith Egbuonu
October 02, 2019 08:16 PM

ROSWELL, N.M.— Crumbling sidewalks appears to be a widespread problem in Roswell.

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Some of them are cracked and severely damaged from years of use—and no repair.

"There are sidewalks in our area and probably all over Roswell that need to be replaced,” said resident Dee Dyess.

"If you walk around any neighborhood, you'll see cracked sidewalks-- sidewalks that have been pushed up by trees,” said city engineer, Louis Najar.

City officials said possible changes could be made to the city’s sidewalk policy, but it could also mean holding property owners responsible.

"It's going to identify what the city should be doing as far as identifying sidewalks and getting the appropriate parties to fix them,” Najar said.

Najar said property owners could be responsible for the cost of repair.

"We're going to try to have people not plant trees next to the sidewalk, to prevent future sidewalk problems,” Najar said.

Dee Dyess, a local business owner said she would love to have her sidewalks replaced, but worries about the cost.

"It's kind of cost prohibitive when you have a small business,” Dyess said.

Dyess believes the city should meet citizens halfway.

"Even if it isn't total replacement cost, if they would just chip in and help us with some of it-- it would make it so much easier,” she said.

Nothing is official yet.

Possible changes will be discussed at the city’s legal committee meeting Thursday.

"Once it goes to council, the policy would be established,” Najar said. “As far as any funding, that would be a separate budget item on yearly budget basis."

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