Like many in the Alabaster area, the neighborhood where Kim Dicicco lives is quiet and picturesque but nine years ago one thing set it apart for her.
"The community has sidewalks and I had an infant and I was able to walk around with the stroller with my child," Dicicco said.
Now the same sidewalks that won Dicicco over are concerning her and some others in the city .
"If you're riding a bike or on your scooter you have to go either into the persons yard or in the street which is negating the reason I moved into the neighborhood," she said.
Alabaster Mayor, Marty Handlon, says many residents like Dicicco who want cracked, buckled or broken sidewalks fixed have been calling the city to make the repairs.
"In getting those calls and assessing the type of cost we would have in making the repairs is when the city attorney brought up this law on the books and said hey maybe we should look at this," Handlon said.
The law city attorney Jeffrey Brumlow suggested is one on the state books that allows a city to make citizens financially responsible for sidewalk repair.
"To invoke that provision of the statute we have to first adopt an ordinance," Brumlow said.
A public hearing to get that process started is set for May 6th.
"Still really early because ordinance can be drafted in a variety of ways." Handlon said.
Brian Underwood says if it does in fact pass, he has no problem with being responsible for the sidewalk in front of his home.
"I bought the property so I feel it's my responsibility to keep up the property," he said.
The city says as for how much all the sidewalk repairs would cost they don't have a specific number.
They say if the ordinance is passed residents will have the option to have the sidewalks fixed themselves or allow the city to fix them and pay the city back.
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