Leetsdale officials to property owners: Shovel snow or face fine

Bobby Cherry
| Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2013, 12:02 a.m.

With snow anticipated in the forecast over the next few days, Leetsdale leaders will be on the lookout for property owners violating the borough's snow and ice removal ordinance.

After a late December storm, Leetsdale officials on Jan. 4 delivered about 30 warnings to property owners to clear snow from sidewalks.

“Ten days after that snowfall, we had ice and snow that people didn't even make an attempt to clear off,” Leetsdale Council President Joe McGurk said. “It wasn't that they did a bad job, they didn't do the job.”

Of particular concern to McGurk is Beaver Street from about Spencer Street through Village Drive, where many residents of a senior citizen high-rise apartment building walk to and from Giant Eagle and other stores at Quaker Village Shopping Center, he said.

Sidewalks were bad enough that “some of the people in the high-rise were taking the bus” to the shopping center, McGurk said. Others were creating safety hazards for themselves and drivers, he said.

“They're 85 years old and, because of the ice and snow on the sidewalks between the high-rise and the corner of Village Drive, they were walking in the middle of Beaver Street,” McGurk said. “We can't be having this happen here.”

In addition to Beaver Street, a woman filed a police report saying she fell because of snow- and ice-covered sidewalks near the corner of Route 65 and Mohawk Way following the late December snowfall.

Property owners are required to remove snow and ice within 24 hours of a snowfall, according to the borough's ordinance.

Fines range from $25 to $600 per day, police Chief James Santucci said.

“Every day that it's not done, you get another citation,” Santucci said.

Failure to comply also could result in up to 30 days in jail.

Bobby Cherry is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-324-1408 or rcherry@tribweb.com.

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