Shortly after the green spray paint, we got a certified letter note on the door. What is that, city? You want me to go to the post office during my lunch hour and wait for 30 minutes for this stupid letter? Great. The post office workers yukking it up about how I better 'get ready to shell out some dough for my sidewalk' when handing over the letter was also enjoyable. It said that we had to fix the difference in elevation between the 75 year old flagstone approach and the sidewalk. That sand you see by the street was the city fixing a water leak the same day we got the letter. It is still a pile of sand two weeks later, they are supposedly planting grass...I'll believe that when I see it.
We have the only flagstone walkway in our neighborhood, and I'm sick at the thought of replacing it. I decided to call the sidewalk engineer to see what our options were. When I called the number on the letter, it brought me to a voicemail system where you couldn't move forward without a last name or an extension, of which NEITHER were included on the letter. Classic! I called the public works commissioner because his name was on the letter. I bet he loved that.
I finally got in contact with the engineer and he told me my options were to get the flagstone level/replaced with a contractor, have the city rip it out and put in bright white concrete, or rip it out entirely and plant grass. Of course all these options require me going downtown to buy a permit. And we have until June 21 to do it. I am so upset about messing with this original part of the house.
I refuse to have the city pour regular concrete in there, but I don't know how much it will be to fix the flagstone - and if it will even match the old stuff. I also don't want to take the entire thing out because we use it all the time. Anyone have any advice?