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Sharpsburg resident fights ticket; says snow was cleared off walk

| Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013, 9:02 p.m.

A dispute over snow removal fines spilled into last week's council meeting in Sharpsburg.

Karen Iezzi questioned why she received a $300 ticket, which she is challenging in court, for not removing snow from her sidewalk.

She said it was removed in the correct amount of time and wondered how many others were ticketed.

Police chief Leo Rudzki declined to discuss her case but said she was not the only person cited for not removing snow.

“I'm not going to discuss your case in a forum like this. It's to be discussed in a court room,” Rudzki said.

Rudzki said the officer who issued the ticket and Iezzi can handle the issue when her hearing is held.

Borough code states that residents have 24 hours to remove snow. Iezzi said her property met that requirement.

“I still had my sidewalk shoveled two hours after the last snowfall,” Iezzi said.

She questioned whether officials had agreed to offer warnings instead of fines for first offense. Though the issue was discussed, notice was released that fines would be issued for failing to remove snow.

“It doesn't say there is going to be warnings issued,” Rudzki said.

Solicitor Michael Witherel agreed with Rudzki that the council meeting was not the forum to argue the fine and Iezzi would have to take up the issue in Magisterial Judge Elissa Lang's court room.

He noted that council acts as a whole and is not bound by the opinion of any one official who may have preferred a warning be issued.

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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