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Did you know? Property Owners Responsible For Sidewalk & Street Tree Maintenance

As in many communities, landowners in North Plains are responsible for keeping existing sidewalks and street trees in the public right-of-way abutting their property in good repair and safe condition. 

This includes repairing cracking or uneven sidewalks and removing overgrown vegetation, snow, wet leaves, or other obstructions on the sidewalk that affect pedestrian movement. Most uneven sidewalks are caused by the roots of street trees. Street trees are also required to be limbed up at least 8 feet above the sidewalk. More details can be found in the North Plains Municipal Code (section 152.02 Maintenance of the Public Rights-of-Way).

This is important to know, as some preventative maintenance can protect you from liability if someone gets injured due to an unsafe sidewalk or tree. 

If you see a sidewalk in need of repair or notice that the sidewalk adjacent to your property may need repair, please call the Public Works Department at 503-647-5555. We’re happy to come take a look and advise on the best course of action.