CROWN POINT | The city wants to make sure if you take a trip in downtown Crown Point, it's not because of a bump in the sidewalks.
The city's Board of Public Works and Safety approved a contract Wednesday with Precision Concrete Cutting, of Holland, Mich., for $9,895 to trim away high spots at which the sidewalk has heaved up to potential toe-snagging levels. Public Works Director Jay Olson said the price comes with a $3,000 pilot program discount.
Olson said he first heard of the company a year ago when he was invited to St. John to see a demonstration of the sidewalk cutting process Precision uses. He's been in discussions with the company since then and has seen how it has grown, providing the service for a number of area communities.
Olson said he asked the company to inspect the downtown business district and provide an estimate for eliminating the tripping hazards. He said the company found a total of 244 places at which the sidewalks were uneven and could cause accidents.
"It's gotta be cheaper than getting involved in a liability suit if someone falls," board member Michael Conquest said.
City Attorney David Nicholls said, "It would be cheaper than the deductible on one claim. We are now on notice that these areas exist, and we wouldn't be able to deny knowing about it later."
Mayor David Uran said the contract was "well worth it" — about $45 per hazard — and wouldn't impact areas needing major concrete repairs or replacement.