Do Not Call Rochester Public Works 1st About Your Sidewalk Assessment Letter
If you get a letter from the City of Rochester, Minnesota, saying the sidewalk in front of your home needs repairs and here's the cost, your first call shouldn't be to the Rochester Public Works Department because you could end up with a $100.00 charge.
Today, Rochester's 5th Ward Councilmember Shaun C Palmer was on Rochester Today. We were talking about various things, then the topic of sidewalk and street assessments came up...
James Rabe: We're talking about assessments and boy, is it a hot topic on social media in person, people get really annoyed when they see that they have to pay X number of dollars for (fixing) a sidewalk...
Shaun Palmer: And, and we have to have a program...every 20 years, we go through a neighborhood and...we go out and we mark an X or a line on it. And then we send out a letter that says this is what it's going to be, this to be the most cost. And then the homeowner can...can hire somebody on their own. And it costs a hundred dollars for the fee. And in one of the little nuances that people don't realize is if I don't like that and I want to call public works and say, Hey, you know, I want to talk to you about it. We charge you a hundred dollars."
How can you avoid that $100 fee? Call your Rochester City Councilmember. Palmer says he gets those calls and he'll head out and talk to the person about it, tell 'em what the deal is, why it is, and the options.
So there's a quick way to save $100.
If sidewalk or street assessments bother you, please, click play and listen to the conversation. We also talk how the assessments are set for projects like on North Broadway (it's not the whole property value that gets assessed). Then, if you have any questions, talk to your councilmember (scroll for info below).
Rochester City Council Contact Information
Brooke Carlson, City Council President
email@example.com Office Phone: 507-328-2983
Patrick Keane, City Council Member, 1st Ward
firstname.lastname@example.org Cell Phone: 507-259-2870
Mark Bransford, City Council Member, 2nd Ward
email@example.com Cell Phone: 507-254-4430
Nick Campion, City Council Member, 3rd Ward
firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: 507-722-0078
Kelly Rae Kirkpatrick, City Council Member, 4th Ward
email@example.com Phone: 507-271-1081
Shaun C. Palmer, City Council Member, 5th Ward
firstname.lastname@example.org - Phone: 507-254-9484
Molly Dennis, City Council Member, 6th Ward
email@example.com Phone: 507-269-2916
For addresses, please check the Rochester City Council Page
As always, if you have a comment, complaint, or concern about something I wrote here, please let me know: firstname.lastname@example.org
Listen to James Rabe and Jessica Williams 6a to 10a on Y-105 FM's Early Morning Show.
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