New plan to fund sidewalk repairs in Columbia introduced to city council |

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A policy that would require residents to bring their sidewalks up to city standards when they try to sell their homes or businesses has been introduced to the Columbia City Council, which appears prepared to move forward on the idea.

Assistant City Manager Tony St. Romaine introduced the plan to the council at an August work session. St. Romaine, City Manager Mike Matthes and Fourth Ward Councilman Ian Thomas developed the plan as a way of solving the city's lack of money for sidewalk repairs.

MoBikeFed comment: Funding sidewalk maintenance and repair is a perennial problem for Missouri communities. Of course, it should be funded through general city tax revenue, just like maintenance for streets and parks.

In reality, it is not often so simple to find solution and Columbia should be applauded for working to find a solution to this common and difficult problem.