Chapter 12.06


12.06.010    Definitions.

12.06.020    Abutting property owner to maintain sidewalk in safe condition.

12.06.030    Expense of maintenance and repair to be borne by abutting property and owner thereof.

12.06.040    Procedure to order construction or repair.

12.06.010 Definitions.

Unless the context clearly indicates otherwise, the words used in this chapter shall have the meaning given in this section:

(1) “Abutting property” includes all property having a frontage upon the margin of any street or other public place.

(2) “Sidewalk” includes any structure or form of street improvement in the space between the street margin and the roadway, known as the sidewalk area. (Ord. 39 § 1, 1993)

12.06.020 Abutting property owner to maintain sidewalk in safe condition.

It shall be the responsibility of the owner of property abutting upon a public sidewalk to maintain the sidewalk at all times in a safe condition, free of any and all obstructions or defects, including but not limited to ice and snow. (Ord. 39 § 2, 1993)

12.06.030 Expense of maintenance and repair to be borne by abutting property and owner thereof.

The burden and expense of constructing, maintaining and repairing sidewalks along the side of any street or other public place shall devolve upon and be borne by the property directly abutting thereon. In case any injury or damage to any person shall be caused by the defective condition of any sidewalk, or ice or snow thereon, or by the lack of proper guards or railings on or along the property abutting on any public way, the abutting property where the injury or damage occurs and the owner or owners thereof shall be liable to the City for all damage, injuries, costs and disbursements which it may be required to pay to the person injured or damaged. (Ord. 39 § 3, 1993)

12.06.040 Procedure to order construction or repair.

(1) If the judgment of the City Manager, public convenience or safety requires that a sidewalk be constructed or repaired along either side of any street, such fact shall be reported to the City Council.

(2) If upon receiving a report from the proper officer, the City Council deems the construction of the proposed sidewalk or repair of such sidewalk necessary or convenient for the public health, safety or welfare, the City Council may then order such work to be done pursuant to the procedures established therefor in Chapter 35.68 or 35.70 RCW relating to local improvement districts for sidewalks, curbs and gutters. The cost of such proposed sidewalk construction or sidewalk repair shall be borne by the abutting property or the owners thereof, to the extent deemed reasonable and appropriate by the City Council in accordance with the procedure then to be followed pursuant to Chapter 35.68 or 35.70 RCW. (Ord. 39 § 4, 1993)