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Posted on: June 6, 2019

Department of Public Works Announces Sidewalk Improvement District 2020 Draft Work Plan Open Houses

Department of Public Works Announces Sidewalk Improvement District 2020 Draft Work Plan Open Houses
The Engineering Office of the Department of Public Works will hold three open houses for the draft 2020 Sidewalk Improvement District (SID) work plan.

The meetings will take place at the following dates and locations:

SID 4 & 5
Monday, June 24, 2019
5:00 PM- 7:00 PM
Lehman Alternative Community School, Library
SID 1, 2, & 3
Tuesday, June 25, 2019
5:00 PM- 7:00 PM
City Hall (108 E. Green St), 2nd Floor Conference Room
SID 1-5
Friday, June 28, 2019
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
City Hall, 2nd Floor Conference Room

To determine which sidewalk district you live in, go to to view the map of the five districts.  

Of note, at the June 24th and June 28th meeting, updated information regarding the Hector St. Complete Street project and the Elm St./Chestnut St. Intersection Redesign will also be discussed.  An increased Sidewalk Assessment fee will be one alternative budget proposed.  
Based on these open house meetings, the Department will then develop a final proposed work plan and budget and these will be presented to the Board of Public Works. The budgets for each SID can then be translated into the Mayor’s proposed budget and Common Council will have the opportunity to review each SID work plan through their normal budget review process this fall. Projects that are not included in the 2020 work plan will be considered for 2021. 

Property owners are still encouraged to voluntarily repair sidewalks along the front of their properties. New sidewalk construction and repair work is eligible for the past work credit as outlined in the local law. People doing sidewalk work are reminded that a Street Permit is required not only for the work, but also to be eligible for the past work credit. Other documentation is required, too. Please note that sidewalk installation or repairs required by the Planning and Development Board as part of the City of Ithaca Site Plan Review process are not eligible for the past work credit.  

Questions about undertaking sidewalk work can be directed to the Engineering Office (607) 2746534. The proposed 2020 Work Plan will be posted to the City’s website after the first meeting.  Written comments will also be accepted through July 16, 2019 via email at

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