Syracuse (WSYR-TV) - Some homeowners in the city of Syracuse are shocked after getting notices that they will have to pay for their sidewalks to be replaced.
Property owners in the city limits have to maintain their sidewalks and when the city deems them a liability, they have to cover the cost of replacing them.
One homeowner was surprised after seeing an $11,000 price tag for a new sidewalk in front of his home on Griffiths Street.
"I knew we were responsible for shoveling it and keeping it free from debris, but I honestly didn't know that we were responsible for replacing of the sidewalk," said Jimmy Militi.
Some homeowners on Craig Street were unaware of this also, until they received letters in the mail last month from the city notifying them.
"Shocked, I didn't know what to do. I just had my roof done four months ago," said Alice Lazore.
According to the city, the property owners have two options.
"Property owners can take on the work themselves, get the proper permits and do the work themselves. Or, they can go through the city assessment program," explained Tom Simone, the First Deputy Commissioner of the Department of Public Works.
If you choose to go through the city assessment program, the city will contract out the work to the lowest bidder.
Property owners can pay the charges over a 10-year-period.
The Department of Public Works typically chooses which sidewalks will be replaced based on complaints and requests made to the city by property owners.