**While initially the City provided a cap of 150 applicants in the program (and conducted a random lottery to identify the 150), City Council approved doubling the program funding and all 366 applicants (366) were included in the 2018 Sidewalk Repair Program.**
City Public Works staff inspected all 360 properties in the program to identify:
Locations where sidewalk “shaving” could be utilized as opposed to full replacement (when minor offsets are “shaved” down– eliminating the trip hazard)
Locations where full sidewalk, curb and gutter, and/or driveway apron replacement is needed
Locations where tree removal is likely needed
The City marked the sidewalk and curb and gutter offsets in spray paint
All property owners received a detailed City pre-construction inspection form which included photos of the sidewalk offsets and estimated the square footage of sidewalk replacement needed. The form also included a preliminary cost estimate based on the pricing contractors have provided for the program ($18/square ft for sidewalk replacement, $55/square ft for curb and gutter)
The Next Steps document included with the City’s pre-construction inspection form instructed property owners who wished to continue with the program for sidewalk replacement to contact the Sidewalk Contractor (Van Midde Concrete or Coastside Concrete) to schedule a final inspection. The contractor’s final inspection and proposal at the property will be the final cost of the work. The City’s pre-construction inspection was preliminary only.
200 properties needing some combination of sidewalk, curb and gutter and/or driveway apron replacement went on to contact Van Midde and Son Concrete for a final inspection
Property owners were instructed to sign the final 2-page Agreement and send it to the City for final approval
It took several months for Van Midde to conduct all 200 inspections, and for all property owners to sign and return those agreements to the City
Van Midde and Son Concrete is the contractor for all properties in the 2018 Sidewalk Repair Program. Sidewalks will be repaired by neighborhood and a list of the neighborhood priority can be found here.
All property owners will be notified by the City no later than two weeks prior to construction beginning. The City will post weekly updates on www.cityofsanrafael.org/sidewalks with the list of streets scheduled for the upcoming weeks. Construction at the average property is anticipated to take up to 5 days, starting with demolition of the existing sidewalk, followed by placement of the forms for new concrete, and completed with the pouring the new sidewalk. During any given 5 day period, the contractor will be doing 5 – 7 properties.
Property owners with trees that cannot survive the root trimming required for their sidewalk repair will be notified individually that the City will be removing the street tree(s) and grinding the stump. All street trees removed will be replaced following the completion of sidewalk construction. Trees on private property that need to be removed are the responsibility of the property owner.
Invoices will be sent to property owners by email within 30 days after the City inspects and signs off on the completed sidewalk construction work.
All property owners will be able to pay their invoice online by credit card. Property owners may also submit payment by check made payable to “City of San Rafael”. Instructions on the two payment methods will be included and sent with the invoice.