OSWEGO, NY Ã¢â‚¬â€œ At this week’s Common Council meeting, Kathleen Harris, an elderly westside resident, told the aldermen she was concerned about the condition of the city’s sidewalks in some areas.
A few years ago, she was injured in a fall on a city sidewalk. She received an insurance payment, but still feels the city was liable.
She then went around the city and mapped out where deteriorated and potentially hazardous sections of sidewalk were located.
At the time, she made several copies of her findings. She kept one and gave the others to the DPW commissioner and councilors at the time.
“I’m wondering what happened to all those files that I worked so hard to record in the whole city,” she said.
Now that the city is in possession of her data, it means if someone falls on (an uneven or broken) sidewalk, the city is responsible, Harris claimed, adding they can’t hide behind the excuse they don’t know where the bad parts are.
It was a lot paperwork and it took more than three years to complete, she noted.
“I did it for the benefit of everybody,” she explained.
Harris said she’s knows a couple of the councilors have copies but doesn’t believe any of the other aldermen have the data.
After speaking with DPW commissioner Mike Smith, Mayor Randy Bateman said the city does have copies of the files.
Council President Dan Donovan noted councilors who have problems with sidewalks in their wards should notify the DPW. They have done some work this year and hope to get to more next year, he said, adding he appreciates Harris’ efforts.
“We have come across some sidewalks in the Second Ward that were trip hazards and the DPW commissioner has worked very hard with me to address the situation,” said Second Ward Councilor Mike Myers.