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The Quality of Life Department has identified numerous locations through the City of Redlands where sidewalks are damaged, raised and buckled. At times, this damage may be due to age, construction activity or private tree roots. However, for the most part, this damage is a result of roots from street trees growing in the parkway. The problem is not isolated to any one location in Redlands, but is common throughout the City. Complaints have been received from virtually all areas where sidewalks and parkway trees exist together.

The Quality of Life Department receives over 100 calls per year related to sidewalk damage. Callers request that the City remove the damaged sidewalk and often remove the street tree. The Street Tree Committee developed a policy several years ago to save all healthy street trees whenever alternative solutions may be available. These solutions may include removing the concrete and replacing the sidewalk with dirt or asphalt, realigning the sidewalk or in some cases, eliminating the sidewalk completely. Most residents ask that the tree be removed and the sidewalk be replaced in a straight alignment and grade.

As street trees continued to grow and roots continued to damage sidewalks, the Quality of Life Department could not keep pace with full repairs of sidewalks with concrete. The inability to keep up with the numerous complaints required that an approved sidewalk policy be established to reduce the City’s liability for injuries caused by raised sidewalks, and to set up a uniform policy for dealing with the damaged sidewalk. Some damage is caused by roots from street trees. A street tree is defined as a tree in the public right-of-way or in a City tree easement. In1992 the Public Works Commission developed a recommended policy for adoption by the City Council to address interim repairs to damaged sidewalks until such time as the City could make permanent repairs.

On May 5, 1992, the City Council adopted a policy on the repair of damaged sidewalks. The policy states:

Upon receipt of a complaint, the Public Works Department will inform the resident that it is the adjacent property owner’s responsibility to maintain the sidewalk in a condition that shall not endanger  persons or property and that it will not interfere with the public convenience or safety (Redlands Municipal Code 12.12.120). If repairs are not done expeditiously by the property owner, the City may opt to wedge the sidewalk and bill the property owner.

If, however, the sidewalk is raised because of root growth from a City-owned street tree, then the City shall assume responsibility for making repairs. This responsibility for making repairs shall also extend to any damage caused to the sidewalk by City workers or by the operation of City equipment and to any damage caused by work done under a City contract.

After receiving a request to repair a raised sidewalk condition, the Street Maintenance Superintendent or his representative will determine by measurement what method, if required, will be used to rectify the condition. This decision shall be based on the following criteria:

1. If vertical displacement is less than ½ inch along the entire length of the developed crack, no work will be required on the sidewalk. In this case, root severance is recommended.

2. If the maximum vertical displacement is between ½ and 3 inches, the condition shall be rectified by wedging the uplifted sidewalk with asphalt or any other product approved by the Public Works Director. The wedge, if required, shall be placed within ten working days from the day the request was made. Removal and replacement will be made at the convenience of the City.

3. Vertical displacement exceeding 3 inches shall be wedged as described above and the damage sidewalk shall be scheduled for replacement within the coming year. All sidewalk replacement will be proceeded by a root severing operation, if recommended by the Public Works Operations Manager. If crowning or removal of the tree is required, that shall also be determined by the Public Works Operations Manager.

This policy remains in effect. Asphaltic concrete with small aggregate was found to be superior in its properties to adhere to concrete and last over time. The ten working day time frame was discontinued as the Street Division staffing was severely decreased due to budget reductions in the early 1990's. However, wedging is still completed as soon as possible after a notification is received. Vertical displacements of 3 inches or more are scheduled for removal and replacement as budget allows. The former Street Maintenance Superintendent position and the former Parks Superintendent position have now been combined into the Operations Manager position in the Quality of Life Department.



The City of Redlands has developed a policy to allow private property owners to pay the cost of sidewalk repairs to the City in those cases where the City would place an asphalt wedge on a sidewalk. The City would use this money to fund a sidewalk repair program and make repairs on those sidewalks where costs were borne by property owners.

Therefore, the following policy was approved by the City Council on August 7, 2007 with the adoption of Resolution No. 6637:

1. The City of Redlands shall continue to maintain the sidewalk policy adopted in May of 1992 as may be amended by the Public Works Director regarding materials, staff positions and budget constraints.

2. The City of Redlands shall annually solicit bids from qualified contractors for the repair of damaged concrete sidewalks, curbs and gutters as designated by the Public Works Director or designee based on payment of costs for such repairs by private property owners. An administrative fee shall be established by resolution of the City Council to recoup the costs incurred by the City in administering the program.

3. The City of Redlands shall issue a no-fee encroachment permit to any private property owner who elects to hire a qualified contractor to repair infrastructure damage caused by street trees or other City operations.

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Today

  1. Summer Reading Program #6
    • Start time: 01:00pm
    • End date: Tuesday, July 29th
    • End time: 02:00pm
    • "The Bubble Chef" will be our guest today in the Contemporary Club as she 'cooks' up some scientific concoctions on stage. Come prepared to be wowed!

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  2. Chinese Story Time
    • Start time: 05:45pm
    • End date: Tuesday, July 29th
    • End time: 06:15pm
    • Join us in the Story corner of the Young Readers' Room for Chinese/Mandarin songs and stories.

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Tomorrow

  1. Preschool Story Time
    • Start time: 10:15am
    • End date: Wednesday, July 30th
    • End time: 10:45am
    • Come join in the fun of stories and songs and meet new friends! Join us in the Assembly Room each Wednesday morning at 10:15 a.m.

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  2. Post 261 Explorer Meeting
    • Start time: 06:30pm
    • End date: Wednesday, July 30th
    • End time: 08:30pm
    • Open Enrollment to join the Redlands Explorer Program is in January of every year, but you can pick-up and drop-off applications through-out the entire year at the Fire Administration office. Ages to join are between 15 years To 21 years old.

      Fire Administrative Office
      35 Cajon Street #12
      Redlands, CA 92373

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Thursday, July 31st

  1. Tiny Tot Story Time
    • Start time: 10:40am
    • End date: Thursday, July 31st
    • End time: 10:55am
    • Join us in the Assembly Room each Thursday morning for great songs, and stories!

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  2. Market Night
    • Start time: 06:00pm
    • End date: Thursday, July 31st
    • End time: 09:00pm
    • Established in 1988, Redlands Market Night has established itself as one of the most successful certified farmers markets in Southern California! Vendors vie to participate in the event that has attracted thousands of weekly visitors since its inception. Visitors are welcomed into an inviting atmosphere complete with lighted trees, brick sidewalks, historic buildings, and great musical entertainment. Crowds are pleasantly surrounded by over 150 food and merchandise booths, not to mention the downtown shopkeepers, every Thursday night.

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Friday, August 1st

  1. City Hall Closed
    • Extended service hours are offered in order for the public to conduct City business before and after traditional business hours. City staff is available 9 hours a day to serve you. City Hall offices are closed every other Friday.

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Saturday, August 2nd

  1. Celebration of Healthy Living - Saturday Morning Farmers' Market
    • Start time: 08:00am
    • End date: Saturday, August 2nd
    • End time: 12:00pm
    • To kick off the City's new SNAP/EBT electronic benefits capability at the Saturday Morning Farmers' Market and as part of the City’s Healthy Redlands initiative, the City of Redlands is sponsoring a Celebration of Healthy Living at the Saturday Morning Farmers' Market in Ed Hales Park from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, Aug. 2.

      This free event will include composting with worms, gardening and water conservation demonstrations; cooking demonstrations; information on healthy nutrition, physical activity, and health care programs; as well as free face-painting for kids, games and prizes. The Saturday Farmers' Market is located in the City parking lot adjacent to Ed Hales Park south of Redlands Boulevard between Fifth and Sixth streets.

      Presentations on the stage at Ed Hales Park will include:

      Zumba Fitness for Adults at 8:45 a.m.
      Zumba Fitness for Youth at 9:30 a.m.
      Tai Chi at 10:15 a.m.
      Tumbling for Fun at 11 a.m.

      Free shuttle service will be available every 30 minutes from the Redlands Community Center at 111 W. Lugonia Ave. to the Farmers Market.

      Additional participants and presenters include:

      The Cooking Block - Cooking Classes and C.E.N.T.E.R. Management Program
      UCCE Master Gardener Demonstrations - Container Herb Gardening and Vermi-composting (composting with worms!)
      San Bernardino Master Food Preservers
      Molina Health Care - Managing Your Health Care Needs
      YMCA of the East Valley - Youth Development and Healthy Living Programs
      Redlands Community Hospital - Health Education Programs
      Building A Generation - Family Resource Center
      Social Action Community Health Services - Low Cost Health Care Programs
      IEHP - Super Hero Nutricia Fighting Childhood Obesity!
      County of San Bernardino - Children & Family Services Programs
      City of Redlands - Water Efficient Gardening
      County of San Bernardino - Nutrition Programs
      County of San Bernardino - Transitional Assistance Department-SNAP/EBT
      City of Redlands - Saturday Morning Farmers’ Market
      County of San Bernardino - Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Program

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  2. Household Hazardous Waste Collection site
    • Start time: 09:30am
    • End date: Saturday, August 2nd
    • End time: 12:30pm
    • During operating hours, residents can dispose of household materials including, outdated prescription medication (with the exception of controlled substances), outdated pet prescription medication, paint products, chemical cleaners, pesticides, fertilizers, hobby/pool supplies, automotive oil, filters, brake fluid, transmission fluid, anti-freeze, gasoline, and propane tanks.

      The site does not accept business waste, radioactive wastes, medical waste, explosives, reactives, or asbestos.

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  3. Spanish Story Time
    • Start time: 10:15am
    • End date: Saturday, August 2nd
    • End time: 10:45am
    • Join us in the story corner of the Young Readers' Room and enjoy stories and songs in Spanish!

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Monday, August 4th

  1. Environmental Review Committee
  2. Tango classes
    • Start time: 06:45pm
    • End date: Monday, August 4th
    • End time: 08:00pm
    • Tango Classes to begin at the Redlands Community Center

      Come and enjoy tango lessons in a comfortable and fun setting. Tango lessons will be taught on Mondays beginning Aug. 4 through Aug. 25. Class runs from 6:45 to 8 p.m. Registration fee is $8 per person; partners are not required.

      Space is limited, so sign up today at the Redlands Community Center or online at www.cityofredlands.org/recreation/classes. For more information, please call Joe Sidor at (909) 792-6076.

      All classes are held at the Redlands Community Center multipurpose room. The Redlands Community Center is located at 111 W. Lugonia Ave. For more information, please call the Redlands Community Center at (909) 798-7572.

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Tuesday, August 5th

  1. Summer Reading Program #7
    • Start time: 01:00pm
    • End date: Tuesday, August 5th
    • End time: 02:00pm
    • Our final act of the summer will be One World, One Rhythm. Join us in the Contemporary Club for a musical adventure with these great musicians.

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  2. Summer Reading Program Finale
    • Start time: 02:00pm
    • End date: Tuesday, August 5th
    • End time: 03:00pm
    • The In-N-Out Food Truck will be here for our Grand Finale to serve lunch to all of our Summer Reading participants. This will be a first come, first serve event. There will be a grilled cheese sandwich option for those who are vegetarians.

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  3. City Council Closed Session Meeting
    • Start time: 05:00pm
    • End date: Tuesday, August 5th
    • End time: 06:00pm
    • Agenda available to view at http://cityofredlands.org/councilvideo

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  4. Chinese Story Time
    • Start time: 05:45pm
    • End date: Tuesday, August 5th
    • End time: 06:15pm
    • Join us in the Story corner of the Young Readers' Room for Chinese/Mandarin songs and stories.

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  5. City Council Meeting
    • Start time: 06:00pm
    • End date: Tuesday, August 5th
    • End time: 08:00pm
    • Agenda available to view at http://cityofredlands.org/councilvideo

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Wednesday, August 6th

  1. Preschool Story Time
    • Start time: 10:15am
    • End date: Wednesday, August 6th
    • End time: 10:45am
    • Come join in the fun of stories and songs and meet new friends! Join us in the Assembly Room each Wednesday morning at 10:15 a.m.

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  2. Post 261 Explorer Meeting
    • Start time: 06:30pm
    • End date: Wednesday, August 6th
    • End time: 08:30pm
    • Open Enrollment to join the Redlands Explorer Program is in January of every year, but you can pick-up and drop-off applications through-out the entire year at the Fire Administration office. Ages to join are between 15 years To 21 years old.

      Fire Administrative Office
      35 Cajon Street #12
      Redlands, CA 92373

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Thursday, August 7th

  1. Tiny Tot Story Time
    • Start time: 10:40am
    • End date: Thursday, August 7th
    • End time: 10:55am
    • Join us in the Assembly Room each Thursday morning for great songs, and stories!

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