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Royal Oak residents upset about proposed sidewalk replacement

A group of Royal Oak residents say they are being asked to replace portions of sidewalk that don’t need to be replaced.

A neighborhood group will be at the City Commission Meeting tonight to voice their concerns over a multi-million dollar sidewalk replacement program. Matthew Gerwolls lives in the Vensetta neighborhood. He says at first residents were told the whole city program would run six million dollars, but he says the number is actually closer to 9 million.  All that money will have to be paid by homeowners.

Gerwolls says some residents are getting bills for sidewalk replacement totaling four thousand dollars or more. He adds the complaints are not falling on deaf ears, city leaders have been with him and other neighbors in an effort to hammer out a sidewalk grading system that’s fair and equitable.