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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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Yesterday

  1. Post 261 Explorer Meeting
    • Start time: 06:30pm
    • End date: Wednesday, April 23rd
    • 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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Today

  1. Tiny Tot Story Time
    • Start time: 10:15am
    • End date: Thursday, April 24th
    • End time: 10:30am
    • Join us in the Assembly Room with your toddler. Open to ages 2 & 3, we sing and share fabulous stories. Meet new friends afterwards out in the park as most of the families stay to play!

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  2. Tiny Tot Story Time
    • Start time: 10:40am
    • End date: Thursday, April 24th
    • End time: 10:55am
    • Join us in the Assembly Room each Thursday morning for great songs, and stories!

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  3. Market Night
    • Start time: 06:00pm
    • End date: Thursday, April 24th
    • 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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Tomorrow

  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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  2. Movies in the Park - "Planes"
    • Start time: 06:00pm
    • End date: Friday, April 25th
    • End time: 09:00pm
    • The City of Redlands Development Services Department and the Recreation Division of the Quality of Life Department will continue the popular Movies in the Park series with Disney’s “Planes” and Sony Picture Animation’s “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2” on Friday, April 25, and Friday, May 30, at Ed Hales Park in historic Downtown Redlands, on the corner of 5th and State streets.
      Each event will begin at 6 p.m. and will include children’s craft projects and entertainment from the 6th Street School of Music, Frugal Frigate Children’s Bookstore, Seed and Kissui. The movies will begin at dusk. These events are free to the public. Feel free to bring your own blanket and chair and enjoy family entertainment with your friends and neighbors in historic downtown Redlands.
      For more information, please call the Redlands Community Center at (909) 798-7572 or visit us on the web at www.cityofredlands.org.

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Saturday, April 26th

  1. Saturday Morning Certified Farmers Market
    • Start time: 08:00am
    • End date: Saturday, April 26th
    • End time: 11:00am
    • The City’s successful Saturday Morning Certified Farmers Market brings fresh local produce to historic downtown Redlands every Saturday.

      The Saturday Morning Certified Farmers’ Market began June 6, 2009, bringing local growers to the City parking lot south of Redlands Boulevard between Fifth and Sixth streets near Ed Hales Park. The market operates from 8 to 11 a.m. every Saturday, excluding holiday weekends.

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  2. Sixth Annual Community Day of Service
    • Start time: 08:00am
    • End date: Saturday, April 26th
    • End time: 12:00pm
    • More than 1,000 volunteers are expected to turn out April 26 for the Sixth Annual Day of Service, sponsored by the City of Redlands, the Redlands Service Club Council and Mormon Helping Hands, but there’s still need for more volunteers. This year volunteers will be working on community projects in four separate areas and, for the first time, expanding to the City of Highland.
      Volunteers will spread out weeding, planting, mulching, painting and repairing at Heritage Park on Orange Avenue, between Nevada and Iowa streets, the site of last year’s massive volunteer effort; Israel Beal Park, on River View Drive, south of the Santa Ana River Wash and west of Orange Street; the east end of Redlands Boulevard, along the median and the roadside; and Highland Community Park in Highland.
      The Volunteer Day of Service has become an annual event, after the stunning success of past years. Planning takes nearly a year with the City and the Redlands Service Club Council in partnership with Mormon Helping Hands.
      Along the two-mile stretch of Redlands Boulevard, volunteers will clean up and replace plants in the median, plant trees, mulch the median and shoulders and pick up trash. The City prepared for the project more than a week ago, contracting to trim all the trees along the stretch of road.
      At Israel Beal Park volunteers will remove weeds and tree stumps and replant areas of the park.
      At Heritage Park, volunteers have already begun working on irrigation in preparation for Saturday’s efforts, which will add concrete borders and decomposed granite in picnic areas and lay 20,000 square feet of sod.
      At Highland Community Park volunteers will replace the baseball infield, repair and repaint backstops and repair trash receptacles.
      The Redlands Service Club Council was formed in 2008 to offer assistance to the City through cooperative work projects and capital improvements. Working with the City’s Quality of Life Department, the Service Club Council made renovation of Sylvan Park its first major project for 2009. Since then the Service Club Council and Mormon Helping Hands have taken on increasingly ambitious projects at Prospect Park, the Redlands Bowl, landscaping the Redlands Boulevard median, and last year, creating an entire park in a day at Heritage Park.
      Individuals, families, community groups, businesses and other organizations are encouraged to participate in the workday. For information or to sign up, visit www.redlandsservice.org or contact City of Redlands Volunteer Services Coordinator Elizabeth Marin at (909) 798-7540.

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  3. Household Hazardous Waste collection
    • Start time: 09:30am
    • End date: Saturday, April 26th
    • 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.

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  4. Prescription Drug Take-Back Day
    • Start time: 10:00am
    • End date: Saturday, April 26th
    • End time: 02:00pm
    • On April 26 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the Redlands Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public its eighth opportunity in three years to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs. Bring your pills for disposal to the Redlands Police Annex, 30 Cajon St. (The DEA cannot accept liquids or needles or sharps, only pills or patches.) The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.
      Last October, Americans turned in 324 tons (over 647,000 pounds) of prescription drugs at over 4,114 sites operated by the DEA and its thousands of state and local law enforcement partners. When those results are combined with what was collected in its seven previous Take Back events, DEA and its partners have taken in over 3.4 million pounds—more than 1,700 tons—of pills.
      This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines—flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash—both pose potential safety and health hazards.
      DEA is in the process of approving new regulations that implement the Safe and Responsible Drug Disposal Act of 2010, which amends the Controlled Substances Act to allow an “ultimate user” (that is, a patient or their family member or pet owner) of controlled substance medications to dispose of them by delivering them to entities authorized by the Attorney General to accept them. The Act also allows the Attorney General to authorize long term care facilities to dispose of their residents’ controlled substances in certain instances.

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  5. Spanish Story Time
    • Start time: 10:15am
    • End date: Saturday, April 26th
    • 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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  6. No subject
    • Start time: 10:30am
    • End date: Saturday, April 26th
    • End time: 11:30am
    • Free Saturday Craft Day with Miss Didi and her helpers. "April Showers Bring May Flowers" is the theme this month. Please call the YRR at (909) 798-7674 for more information and to sign up. All ages are welcome to attend!

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Monday, April 28th

  1. Environmental Review Committee
  2. Chinese Story Time
    • Start time: 05:45pm
    • End date: Monday, April 28th
    • 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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Tuesday, April 29th

  1. Pajama Story Time
    • Start time: 07:00pm
    • End date: Tuesday, April 29th
    • End time: 07:30pm
    • Join us in the story corner of the Young Readers' Room for Pajama Story Time each Tuesday evening. We will have great stories read aloud to the kids.

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Wednesday, April 30th

  1. Preschool Story Time
    • Start time: 10:15am
    • End date: Wednesday, April 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, April 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, May 1st

  1. Tiny Tot Story Time
    • Start time: 10:15am
    • End date: Thursday, May 1st
    • End time: 10:30am
    • Join us in the Assembly Room with your toddler. Open to ages 2 & 3, we sing and share fabulous stories. Meet new friends afterwards out in the park as most of the families stay to play!

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

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  3. Historic and Scenic Preservation Commission
  4. Market Night
    • Start time: 06:00pm
    • End date: Thursday, May 1st
    • 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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Saturday, May 3rd

  1. 5th Annual Bicycle Health and Safety Expo
    • Start time: 08:00am
    • End date: Saturday, May 3rd
    • End time: 12:00pm
    • The Redlands Police Department and Ride Yourself Fit will present the 5th Annual Children’s Bicycle Health and Safety Expo Saturday, May 3, from 8 a.m. to noon at the Redlands Mall parking lot, near the intersection of West Citrus Avenue and Eureka Street.
      The free event will include bicycle safety and course instruction information for all ages, health and safety resources and various craft booths. Music, food, crafts and free bicycle drawings for all ages will also be held during the event. Attendees are encouraged to bring their bicycles and helmets as they will be given the opportunity to practice their safety skills in our bicycle safety course.
      Some participating agencies include Redlands Community Hospital, Cyclery USA, Don’s Bicycles, Friends of the A.K. Smiley Public Library, Girl Scouts of San Gorgonio Council, Redlands Boys and Girls Club, Second Baptist Church Redlands and Music Changing Lives. Redlands Police Motor and Bicycle Officers will be present in uniform and teaching children bicycle safety. Bicycle licenses, registration and fingerprinting will also be provided by Redlands Police Department volunteers.
      A family ride from Sylvan Park, sponsored by Ride Yourself Fit, will be held at noon on Sunday, May 4. The free ride will be at an easy pace. All riders MUST wear approved helmets and closed toed shoes. Ride Yourself Fit members will assist families during the ride. All non-RYF members (adults and the parent/ guardian of each child) will be required to sign a consent and waiver before each ride. Parents are encouraged but not required to participate in the ride.
      Ride Yourself Fit is a family-friendly cycling club which is open to all. The club is focused on fun, fitness and fellowship. Beginning to advanced riders will find what they need to start or improve their riding on Saturday morning rides. You will also find other events such as Walk Yourself Fit and Eat Yourself Fit groups. Family rides are the first Sunday of every month, all are welcome.
      The Redlands Police Department’s purpose is to control crime before it occurs by supporting strong families, resilient youth and safe and sustainable neighborhoods.
      If you have any questions, or would be interested in donating or attending the event, please feel free to contact Event Coordinators: Alesandra Wilson at alesandrawilson@yahoo.com or (909) 798-3331 or Officer Elyzabeth Green at 909-798-7534 ext 2 or at egreen@redlandspolice.org

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  2. Saturday Morning Certified Farmers Market
    • Start time: 08:00am
    • End date: Saturday, May 3rd
    • End time: 11:00am
    • The City’s successful Saturday Morning Certified Farmers Market brings fresh local produce to historic downtown Redlands every Saturday.

      The Saturday Morning Certified Farmers’ Market began June 6, 2009, bringing local growers to the City parking lot south of Redlands Boulevard between Fifth and Sixth streets near Ed Hales Park. The market operates from 8 to 11 a.m. every Saturday, excluding holiday weekends.

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  3. Household Hazardous Waste collection
    • Start time: 09:30am
    • End date: Saturday, May 3rd
    • 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.

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  4. Spanish Story Time
    • Start time: 10:15am
    • End date: Saturday, May 3rd
    • 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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  5. Free Saturday Craft Day
    • Start time: 10:30am
    • End date: Saturday, May 3rd
    • End time: 11:30am
    • Join Miss Didi and her helpers as they make crafts with Snow White! There is only room for 40 children, so be sure to sign up today! This program is open to all ages. Please call the YRR at (909) 798-7674 in order to sign up!

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