One-cent funds go toward new concrete replacement program

MONTE VISTA — Property owners can have their curbs, gutters and sidewalks replaced through a new City of Monte Vista program being funded by the one-cent sales tax. 

Monte Vista Public Works Director Rob Vance explained the new concrete replacement program during the April 1 City Council meeting. Vance said it is part of one-cent sales tax funding that is being put toward a sidewalk replacement program. 

Vance said the new concrete replacement program is intended to assist home and business owners within the City of Monte Vista with replacing curb, gutter, and sidewalk in the city right of way. This is to improve pedestrian safety and correct drainage problems. 

Information Vance gave the council stated, “Under this program, the city pays for one half of the cost for the forming and placing of the concrete; the property owner is responsible for the other half. The old concrete will be removed by the City at no cost to the property owner. It is the responsibility of the property owner to restore and/or reseed lawn areas disturbed during construction. The City will correct any damage done to sprinkler systems during construction.” 

The funds available for this program each year are limited. Vance explained what interested property owners must do to participate in the program.

  • Submit a request to participate to the Public Works Department no later than May 10 of the year in which the work is to be completed. The request should include a rough sketch of the property that shows the work they want to be done.
  • By May 31 the City will provide an estimate of the costs for the work, broken down by that portion to be paid by the property owner, and that portion paid for by the City. These estimates will be 10% of the final costs. If there is an increase in the final costs in excess of the 10% it will be absorbed by the City.
  • The property owner must submit a down payment in the amount of 50% of their share of the costs within seven days of the receipt of the estimate if they want the work done.
  • The City will bid out the work, award the construction contract and ensure the work is properly done.
  • Once the construction is complete the property owner will receive a bill for the remainder of their portion of the work. Final payment is due within 30 days of the receipt of the bill unless other arrangements were made when enrolling in the program. Failure to submit payment will result in the account being turned over to collections.

While this program is intended primarily for the replacement of deteriorated curb, gutter, and sidewalk, property owners in previously developed areas of the city, owners who want to install a sidewalk in an area that does not currently have one, may participate only if funds are available. 

Property owners interested in the program are asked to reach out to the Monte Vista Public Works department for more information. An application to participate in the program should also soon be available on the City of Monte Vista’s website. 

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