Borough of Forest Hills, PA
Allegheny County
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§ 21-301 Property Owners to Construct or Reconstruct Sidewalks on Notice.

[Ord. 463, 6/23/1965, § 1; as amended by Ord. 830, 3/18/1992]
Every owner of property in the Forest Hills Borough shall, on 30 days' notice from the Borough Council, or its designated representative, construct or reconstruct a temporary or permanent sidewalk, as directed by such notice, which shall conform to all the applicable requirements of this Part, in front of or alongside such property.

§ 21-302 Property Owners to Repair Sidewalks on Notice.

[Ord. 463, 6/23/1965, § 2]
Every owner of property in the Forest Hills Borough shall, on five days' notice from Borough Council, repair the sidewalk in front of or alongside such property, in the manner stipulated in such notice. Provided, nothing herein shall preclude the use by the Council of the authority vested therein by the Borough Code to require that emergency repairs to sidewalks, involving an expenditure of not more than $50, to be made on 48 hours' notice.

§ 21-303 Temporary Sidewalks.

[Ord. 463, 6/23/1965, § 3]
On all streets on which a grade shall not have been established, the Council shall, when in its judgment decide it is necessary, require that temporary sidewalks, of cinder or other material, be laid in accordance with specifications adopted from time to time by the Council for such temporary sidewalks. Such specifications shall be adopted by the Council on motion and shall be kept on file in the office of the Borough Secretary.

§ 21-304 Permanent Sidewalks.

[Ord. 463, 6/23/1965, § 4]
On all streets on which a grade shall have been established, the sidewalk shall be paved with concrete, according to specifications adopted from time to time on motion by Council and kept on file in the office of the Borough Secretary. The width of the sidewalk on any and every street shall be determined by the Council at the time that it shall order the construction of such sidewalk, and the Council may specify either that the entire width thereof be paved with concrete or that only a portion of the width be paved and the remainder be maintained as a grass plot. Every notice to construct or reconstruct a sidewalk shall specify the width of the sidewalk and the width and location of the paved portion thereof, as well as the grade and slope thereof, and the sidewalk shall be constructed or reconstructed in strict conformity with such notice. At the intersection of any two streets, the sidewalk shall be laid to the curb on both streets.

§ 21-305 Private Driveways Crossing Sidewalks.

[Ord. 463, 6/23/1965, § 5]
All private driveways to cross any sidewalk shall be made of concrete, according to the same specifications as for the concrete used in the construction of the sidewalk, and shall extend from the street line to the property line. The grade of every such driveway shall meet the grade of the paved portion of the sidewalk on either side, and, for the purpose of providing drainage from the driveway to the street, it may be depressed by gradual inclination toward the center to not more than three inches below the paved portion of the sidewalk. From the outside line of the paved portion of the sidewalk to the street line it shall descend at an even grade to the level of the street gutter. No private driveway shall be constructed until the plan thereof shall have been submitted to and approved by Council, which shall have authority to specify the width and location of the driveway entrance, and to refuse approval for more than one driveway leading into the same premises, and to require the placement of driveways in the interest of public safety and with a minimum of interference to vehicular and pedestrian traffic and parking.

§ 21-306 Determination of Extent of Work Necessary; Inspections.

[Ord. 463, 6/23/1965, § 6]
It shall be the duty of the Borough Engineer to determine, in the case of any individual property, whether or not the sidewalk shall be reconstructed or shall merely be repaired, and, if so, the specific part or parts thereof to be reconstructed or repaired. The Engineer may, at any time during the course of the work of constructing, reconstructing or repairing any sidewalk, either person or by authorized deputy or assistant, visit the site of such work to ascertain whether the work is being done according to requirements, and he or one of his deputies or assistants shall visit any such site for such purpose at any reasonable time when requested to do so by the property owner. Within 72 hours after the completion of the work of construction, reconstruction or repair of any sidewalk, it shall be the duty of the owner of the property where such work was done to notify the Borough Engineer of that fact, so that he may inspect such sidewalk to determine whether the same shall have been constructed, reconstructed or repaired, as the case may be, as required by this Part and the specifications and requirements adopted thereunder.

§ 21-307 Authority of Property Owner on His Own Initiative.

[Ord. 463, 6/23/1965, § 7]
Any property owner, upon his own initiative, and without notice from any Borough authority, may reconstruct or repair a sidewalk in front of or alongside his property, provided that such owner shall first make application to the Borough Engineer and shall conform to the requirements of this Part and the specifications and requirements adopted thereunder that would be applicable for a sidewalk to be reconstructed or repaired on notice from the Borough. No property owner shall construct a new temporary or permanent sidewalk, where no temporary or permanent sidewalk, as the case may be, shall have been previously located, except upon order and notice from the Borough Council, as provided in § 21-301.

§ 21-308 Authority for Borough to Do Work and Collect Cost, and Additional Amounts From Property Owners.

[Ord. 463, 6/23/1965, § 8]
Upon the neglect of any property owner to comply with any notice to him as provided in § 21-301 or 21-302, the Borough may, after notice, cause such work of construction, reconstruction or repair, as the case may be, to be done, and may collect the cost thereof, and 10% additional, together with all charges and expenses, from such owner, and may file a municipal claim therefor, or may collect the same by action in assumpsit.

§ 21-309 Penalties.

[Ord. 463, 6/23/1965; as added by Ord. 830, 3/18/1992; and by Ord. 976, 1/16/2008]
1. 
Any person, firm or corporation who violates a provision of this Part, or who fails to comply therewith, or with any of the requirements thereof, shall be, upon conviction thereof, sentenced to pay a fine of not less than $100 nor more than $1,000 for each violation, plus court costs and costs of prosecution incurred by the Borough, and in default of payment of said fine and costs, to imprisonment to the extent permitted by law for the punishment of summary offenses. Procedures for collection of fines and penalties for default of payment shall be in accordance with Chapter 1 of this Code.
2. 
A separate offense shall arise for each day or portion thereof in which a violation is found to exist or for each section of this Part found to have been violated. All fines and penalties for the violation of this Part shall be paid to the Borough Treasurer.
3. 
The Borough may also commence appropriate actions in equity or other to prevent, restrain, correct, enjoin, or abate violations of this Part.

§ 21-321 Snow and Ice to Be Removed From Sidewalks.

[Ord. 464, 6/23/1965, § 1]
The owner, occupant or tenant of every property fronting upon or alongside any of the streets in the Forest Hills Borough is hereby required to remove or cause to be removed from all of the sidewalks in front of or alongside such property all snow and ice thereon fallen or formed, within 10 hours after the same shall have ceased to fall or to be formed. Provided, snow or ice that has ceased to fall or to be formed after 6:00 p.m. may be removed at any time before 10:00 a.m. the next morning. Provided further, the owner of a property shall be responsible for conforming to the requirements of this section where such property is occupied by such owner or is unoccupied or vacant or where such property is occupied by such owner or is unoccupied or vacant or where such property is multiple-business or multiple-dwelling property, occupied by more than one tenant or occupier; the tenant or occupier of a property shall be responsible where such property is a single unit tenanted or occupied by such tenant or occupier.

§ 21-322 Authority for Borough to Do Work and Collect Costs.

[Ord. 464, 6/23/1965, § 2]
In any case where the owner, occupant or tenant, as aforesaid, shall fail, neglect or refuse to comply with any of the provisions of § 21-321 of this Part within the time limit prescribed therein, the Borough authorities may proceed immediately to clear all snow and/or ice from the sidewalk of such delinquent, and to collect the expenses thereof, with an additional amount of 10% thereof, from such owner, occupant or tenant, as the case may be, which may be in addition to any fine or penalty imposed under the § 21-323 hereof.

§ 21-323 Depositing of Snow and Ice on Public Ways.

[Ord. 662, 6/15/1977, § 1]
No person shall place, deposit, dump, shovel or cause any placement, depositing, dumping or shoveling of snow or ice onto any Borough street, road, alley or way, which snow or ice has been removed from a sidewalk, driveway or property adjacent to such Borough street, road, alley or way.

§ 21-324 Property Owners to Maintain Without Notice.

[Ord. 662, 6/15/1977; as added by Ord. 830, 3/18/1992]
Owners of real estate in the Forest Hills Borough abutting on any street or state highway are required to keep the area of the Borough street or state highway located between one cartway and the right-of-way line in a safe and usable condition. The aforesaid area may include a paved footway, sidewalk, and/or unpaved grass plot.

§ 21-325 Penalties.

[Ord. 464, 6/23/1965, § 3; as amended by Ord. 662, 6/15/1977; by Ord. 830, 3/18/1992; and by Ord. 976, 1/16/2008]
1. 
Any person, firm or corporation who violates a provision of this Part, or who fails to comply therewith, or with any of the requirements thereof, shall be, upon conviction thereof, sentenced to pay a fine of not less than $100 nor more than $1,000 for each violation, plus court costs and costs of prosecution incurred by the Borough, and in default of payment of said fine and costs, to imprisonment to the extent permitted by law for the punishment of summary offenses. Procedures for collection of fines and penalties for default of payment shall be in accordance with Chapter 1 of this Code.
2. 
A separate offense shall arise for each day or portion thereof in which a violation is found to exist or for each section of this Part found to have been violated. All fines and penalties for the violation of this Part shall be paid to the Borough Treasurer.
3. 
The Borough may also commence appropriate actions in equity or other to prevent, restrain, correct, enjoin, or abate violations of this Part.