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Dubuque shifts sidewalk liability to homeowners

September 4, 2014
Associated Press

DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) — Dubuque officials are making homeowners liable for most cases in which people are injured on sidewalks.

The Dubuque City Council has approved an amendment to a city ordinance, allowing officials to delegate financial responsibility for sidewalk repairs to property owners.

The Telegraph Herald reports ( ) the move is aimed at encouraging homeowners to keep sidewalks in better condition. Under the amended ordinance, the city could still be sued if it was aware of a defective sidewalk before an injury took place.

City attorney Barry Lindahl says the city tried to pass a similar measure more than a decade ago, but it was struck down in district court.

The ordinance amendment comes after the Iowa Supreme Court recently upheld an Iowa City rule that extended financial liability to property owners.


Information from: Telegraph Herald,



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