Lawrence sidewalk inspections to start in preparation for repair policy proposal

The City of Lawrence is starting its first round of sidewalk inspections in preparation for what is likely to be a lively debate on how the repairs will be enforced.

As part of a push to enforce the city’s longstanding sidewalk repair policy, which puts the responsibility for repairing sidewalks on the adjacent property owner, city inspectors will begin marking deficient sidewalks and inputting their condition into a city database on Monday.

“They’ll just walk and when they find a defect they’ll document that defect and take a picture of it,” said Mark Thiel, assistant public works director. “And it all gets done through our Geographical Information System, so it’s in real time.”

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