Sidewalk Panels Replaced Without Approval

Five homeowners in a northwest Omaha neighborhood were shocked that a construction crew removed and replaced sidewalk panels in front of their homes. None received notice from the city.

The Omaha city construction manager said the city hired contractor made an error and went too far.

Ron Kolpek is one of the five homeowners along north 96th street. Ron said, "They came walking down the street, marked it and the next day they were jack hammering it out." Kolpek said he's upset, 'For not being told any work is being done,not receiving any official letter and not being given an estimate."

City construction manager Tim O'Bryan said a 30 day notice had been sent to about 50 homeowners in a two square block area. Homeowners had to fix trip hazards or the city would hire it done and bill the homeowners.

The five homes on north 96th are outside that inspection area and a construction worker for the city contractor marked the panels for replacement. That's the job of a city inspector.

Jackson Concrete owner Kerry Jackson told Six On Your Side that it was a "Big mistake" caused by a communications error. Jackson said it won't happen again.

Bryan said, "The contractor will have to eat the cost of sidewalk replacement at those five properties The homeowners will not be billed and the city is not going to pay for it."

O'Bryan said Jackson has been a good city contractor and the contract on the project will continue.

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