ARTICLE 1. SIDEWALKS
It shall be unlawful to construct, reconstruct or repair any sidewalk within the city until the plans first have been approved by the governing body and a permit issued for such work by the city clerk, and upon payment of a fee of $15.
(Code 1973, 16-101; Code 1983)
Hereafter all sidewalks constructed or reconstructed in the city shall be construed on the established grade. When the mayor and council shall order a sidewalk constructed as hereafter provided, the city shall pay the cost of bringing the street to grade for the sidewalk. Where no grade has been established, the owner of abutting property may construct a sidewalk on the natural grade. If the grade has been established, the street superintendent shall furnish the property owner with the official grade by reference to a stated distance above or below the street grade.
(K.S.A. 12-1801, 12-1807; Code 1973, 16-104; Code 1983)
Hereafter all sidewalks shall be of single-course construction and shall be constructed and laid in accordance with standard plans and specifications hereby adopted by reference and filed in the office of the city clerk as provided by K.S.A. 12-1802. It shall be unlawful for any person, firm or corporation to construct, reconstruct or repair any sidewalk except as provided by this article.
(Code 1973, 16-103; Code 1983)
When a petition signed by not less than 10 citizens owning real estate in the city requesting construction of a sidewalk is filed with the city clerk, the governing body may in its discretion, by a resolution, order such sidewalk constructed as herein provided.
(K.S.A. 12-1803; Code 1973, 16-106; Code 1983)
When any sidewalk, in the opinion of the governing body, becomes inadequate or unsafe for travel thereon, the governing body may adopt a resolution condemning such walk and providing for the construction of a new walk in the place of the walk condemned.
(K.S.A. 12-1804; Code 1973, 16-107; Code 1983)
The resolution providing for the construction or reconstruction of a sidewalk, as the case may be, shall give the owner of the abutting property not less than 30 days nor more than 60 days after its publication one time in the official city paper in which to construct or cause to be constructed or reconstructed the sidewalk at his or her own expense. If the sidewalk is not constructed by the property owner within the time specified, the governing body shall cause the work to be done by contract.
(K.S.A. 12-1805; 12-1808:1814; Code 1973, 16-108; Code 1983)
Nothing in this article shall be constructed to prohibit the owner of property abutting on a street, who desires to construct or reconstruct a sidewalk at his or her own expense and in accordance with official plans and specifications for the purpose and which meet such other requirements as would have to be met if the sidewalk were constructed or reconstructed by the city, to construct or reconstruct a sidewalk without any petition or a condemning resolution by the governing body. If such property owner desires the sidewalk to be constructed and reconstructed by the city and an assessment levied as provided by law in other cases, he or she shall file a request with the governing body. The governing body, in its discretion, may provide for the construction or reconstruction of the sidewalk requested in the same manner as in other cases where citizens or taxpayers petition the governing body.
(K.S.A. 12-1806; Code 1973, 16-109; Code 1983)
It shall be the duty of the owner of the abutting property to keep the sidewalk in repair, but the city may, after giving five days’ notice to the owner or his or her agent, if known, of the necessity for making repairs or without notice if the lot or piece of land is unoccupied, make all necessary repairs at any time. The same shall be done and the cost thereof assessed against the lot or piece of land abutting on the sidewalk so repaired as may be provided by law.
(K.S.A. 12-1808; Code 1973, 16-110; Code 1983)
In any case where the reconstruction or construction of a sidewalk is required to be done by contract as provided in section 16-106 hereof, the governing body may require the contractor to give a bond for the faithful performance of the contract and for the construction of the sidewalk in accordance with the plans and specifications, ordinances of the city or laws of Kansas, and for all contracts exceeding $1,000 entered into by the city for any such purpose a statutory lien bond required by K.S.A. 60-141 shall be furnished.
It shall be unlawful for any person to build or construct any step or other obstruction, whether temporary or permanent, or to store, leave or allow to be left any implements, tools, merchandise, goods, containers, benches, display or show cases, on any sidewalks or other public ways in the city or to obstruct the same longer than is necessary for loading or unloading any such article or object.
The city council may authorize the granting of temporary permits in connection with a building or moving permit for limited times only to the owner of property abutting on any sidewalk to use or encumber such sidewalk or public way of the city during the construction of any building or improvement thereon. No permit shall be issued for such purpose until plans for warning and safeguarding the public during such use of sidewalks shall have been submitted by the owner or his or her contractor and approved by the city council.
It is hereby made the duty of the owner and of the occupant of any lots abutting upon any sidewalks to cause all snow and ice to be removed from such sidewalks within 24 hours from the time that the snow has fallen or ice has accumulated. If the snow falls or ice accumulated upon the sidewalks in the nighttime, removal of same shall be made within five hours after sunrise on the following day.
(Code 1973, 16-601; Code 1983)
If any owner or occupant of any lot or lots shall refuse or neglect to clean or remove all snow and ice from the sidewalk abutting the lot or lots, within the time specified, the city may cause such snow and ice to be removed from sidewalks and the costs thereof shall be assessed against such abutting lot or lots and such cost shall be collected in same manner as other taxes.
(Code 1973, 16-602; Code 1983)