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Some city officials want vaulted sidewalks inspected

A month after a pregnant woman fell through a downtown Havre sidewalk, some city officials say the city will need to take a greater role in ensuring that businesses maintain vaulted sidewalks.

Some local property owners with storage space beneath the sidewalk say their sidewalks are safe, but that they have not been inspected by an engineer to ensure they are structurally sound.

"If you've got a vaulted area and you don't even check it out after the last incident, you're kind of negligent," said Gary Schubert, chair of the Havre City Council's Streets and Sidewalks Committee.

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