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Sharpsburg officials: Snow left on walks not acceptable

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Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013, 9:00 p.m.
 

Sharpsburg police are reminding residents to clear their sidewalks of ice and snow or face a fine.

Officials asked the department to pay close attention to sidewalks at last week's council meeting.

For rental properties, landlords and tenants need to decide whose responsibility it is to clear the walks, Councilwoman Karen Pastor said.

For elderly and disabled residents, the hope is that help will be available if a storm hits.

“We certainly don't expect them to do it nor would we cite them,” Pastor said.

“We were hoping maybe that if we did get a bad snow storm we could ask the church youth group to help out If necessary.”

The borough requires that walks be cleared of snow and ice 24 hours after it snows. Property owners who don't shovel can be issued a non-traffic citation and be fined up to $300 plus court costs.

Besides the residential areas that were not cleared, Pastor said, many businesses also left snow on their sidewalks.

“That absolutely is not acceptable,” Pastor said. “They definitely need to be done.”

Council President Renee Procopio said the majority of council agreed that the walks needed to be clear.

“We need to enforce that. We need to make it nice for our residents to walk,” Procopio said.

Tom McGee is an associate editor for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-856-7400, ext. 1513 or tmcgee@tribweb.com.

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