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N.J. town to residents: Replace
your sidewalk, or meet us in court

Star-Ledger [Newark, NJ], by Seth Augenstein

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Posted By:Ribicon, 8/13/2014 10:07:58 AM

Highland Park — Two years ago, a local ordinance was passed allowing the borough to compel homeowners to fix the sidewalks in front of their houses. Hundreds of residents complied with the borough’s request, but dozens more resisted. And it´s taken two years to reach a climax: this month the borough began taking dozens of homeowners to municipal court, following up on summonses. Some of the homeowners have decided they can fight borough hall. In a lawsuit filed Monday, they charge the venture is a town-wide system of “intimidation” to do needless repairs. “In the past two years, Highland Park has

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Homeowners technically own the land, and pay taxes on it, yet have to shovel the snow (under penalty of fines) and fix sidewalks that are damaged by trees owned and planted by the city. Photo shows "unacceptable" sidewalks as raised only slightly, to be replaced (by someone´s brother-in-law, this being NJ) at $200 or $300 per square.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Spindletoptexas, 8/13/2014 10:35:51 AM     (No. 9964265)

Sorry to disagree with you OP, but, homeowners never own their property even after the mortgage is paid in full. You will always be a renter to the county because of property taxes. Don´t pay them? County confiscates what you have worked hard for all your life. The time has come to stop this madness. Other than vehicles, which can be classified as a use tax, can you think of anything that you keep paying for every year after purchasing?

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Reply 2 - Posted by: mc squared, 8/13/2014 10:56:33 AM     (No. 9964292)

No mention of the contractor the city uses to fix the walkways. Can the homeowner chop down the city tree to remove the damaging roots?

What is it with people who aspire to be ´made´ by being elected that changes them into Emperor Ming when they are?

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Reply 3 - Posted by: gerty, 8/13/2014 11:22:20 AM     (No. 9964334)

When I lived in a home that HAD sidewalks, I was responsible for their upkeep too (NYS).

That expense was far less than having to fight, and possibly lose, a personal injury law suit filed by any clumsy passer-by.

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