Did You Know?
Here are some polite reminders of community rules, city of Concord regulations, and facts about Walnut Country. Did You Know articles are posted with the newest story at the top in a rolling list.
- Your Concrete Sidewalk is Your Responsibility
Did you know that sidewalks (including curb & gutter) are the responsibility of the homeowner in the City of Concord?
When sidewalks crack or lift, they may become significant enough to present safety issues for pedestrians. We recently had a tripping accident due to a lifted portion of the sidewalk. And as the homeowner is responsible for the maintenance of sidewalks, the homeowner is also liable in the event of a trip and fall caused by an under-maintained sidewalk.
The good news is that while the local municipal code clearly states that the repair and maintenance is the responsibility of the homeowner as well as any potential liability, the City of Concord has approved a program that assists homeowners in the repair process. By using Concord’s authorized sidewalk repair contractors, at homeowner’s cost, the city will waive permit and inspection fees. This is a savings in excess of $1,500.
The newly established policy on Sidewalk Inspection and Repair also provides for “temporary fixes” by the city to immediately minimize dangerous hazards, but does not eliminate the responsibility of the homeowner. If complaints are made that require Concord to initiate actual replacements, homeowners will be notified and will bear the full cost of repairs. Now is a good time to review your trees and surrounding landscape which are often the cause of sidewalk failures.
You can review the entire policy and the details by visiting the Concord website. A copy of the ordinance is available in the Business Office.
- Why Greenbelt Sprinklers Are Used in the Morning
Recently some homeowners on social media have asked about the watering schedule for sprinklers along the Greenbelt. Here is some information on why sprinklers are still run during times when people may be walking the Greenbelt.
While midnight to 5 am is the ideal time to water, five hours is simply not enough time to run all of the valve zones, and so CHOA must expand the hours to accommodate the acreage. It takes about 12 hours to water the entire property and due to water pressure demands, CHOA is unable to run more than two zones at once.
Another reason for the watering schedule is that the central tank well is pumping at almost twice the rate as last year thanks to recent repairs and upgrades. This allows us to water during the day when the weather is hot and dry, in addition to nighttime, without dipping into CCWD water. Unfortunately, CHOA cannot water enough only at night to keep everything from turning various shades of tan. Augmenting with some day watering will help.
In the last year, irrigation systems and sprinkler heads have been upgraded starting at the East entrance and will continue being improved throughout the community. The upgrades included changing out the old rotors that wasted a lot of water with overlapping patterns that also landed on sidewalks. New sprinkler heads allow for more control and greatly decrease water consumption. Upgraded areas mean you should be able to walk there when water is running and not get wet.
So far upgrades have been made from the aforementioned East entrance to Oakbrook Court. The next phase of upgrades will take place starting at the West entrance. The central area is the most challenging land to upgrade and is part of the third and final phase.