Minnema said it has been a long process to take care of the walls — something that began when he moved to the neighborhood and bought property adjacent to one of the crumbling walls.
“It has been a nine-year endeavor,” he said.
Minnema said he and others in the neighborhood have long been concerned about the walls and what might happen if they fell over.
“If you look at them, they could topple at any time,” he said.
With the narrow roads, for instance, such a toppling might make it difficult for emergency crews to get to the area in the event of an emergency. Minnema said he has also worried about what would happen to his home if the nearby wall fell.
The total cost of the wall replacement project is nearly $61,000. The city will pay one-third of the cost of the project. The remaining cost will be paid by property owners from a special assessment spread out over a period of 20 years, City Manager Pat McGinnis said.
Thirty-three percent of the project will be paid by residents at 94 Poplar Ridge and 84 Indian Trail, and the remaining 33 percent will be split by residents at 93-102 Poplar Ridge; and 80-82 and 84 Indian Trail.
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