It shall be the duty of the owner and occupiers of properties as hereinafter provided, and the owners of unoccupied lots along whose premises sidewalks have been laid or may hereafter be laid under the authority of the Township, to cause said paved sidewalks along their respective properties to be cleared to the width of said sidewalk of snow, ice and other obstruction within 24 hours after the same shall have ceased to fall, in the case of snow, or shall have occurred, in the case of ice or other obstruction; provided, that the owner shall be responsible for conforming to the provisions of this section in the case of unoccupied property, or property occupied by him or a property containing more than one dwelling or business unit; the occupant shall be responsible therefor in the case of property containing a single dwelling or business unit.
It shall be the duty of all owners of multiple-family dwellings or apartments to cause sidewalks leading from said buildings to the streets, parking lots or other sidewalks located along the respective property to be clear of snow, ice and other obstructions within 24 hours after the same shall have ceased to fall, in the case of snow, or shall have occurred, in the case of ice or other obstructions.
It shall be the duty of all owners of properties containing apartments or multiple-family dwellings to cause dedicated paved streets along the respective properties to be clear of snow, ice and other obstruction, which duty shall continue until said streets shall have been accepted as a public right-of-way of the Township.
Editor's Note: Former Section 174, Penalty for violation, which immediately followed this section, was deleted 8-14-1996 by Ord. No. 96-330.
[Amended 12-15-2004 by Ord. No. 2004-449]
Whenever any owner or occupier of any property shall refuse or neglect to clear said streets and sidewalks as provided in this chapter, the Township Supervisors or their agents or employees may clear or cause the same to be cleared and the costs of clearing them, with 10% additional, shall be collected to the Township from said owner or occupier of the property involved, and such amount may be charged in addition to any fine or penalty imposed under § 149-41.1.
[Added 12-15-2004 by Ord. No. 2004-449]
Any person, firm or association who shall violate any provisions of Article VII shall, upon conviction thereof, be sentenced to pay a fine of not less than $35 or more than $1,000, and costs of prosecution, and, in default of payment of such fine and costs, to imprisonment for not more than 90 days, provided it shall be the duty of the Township’s authorized agent to report to the Board of Supervisors all violations of any provisions of this article, indicating in each case the section thereof violated, the location where such violation took place, the time of such violation, and any other facts that might be necessary in order to secure a clear understanding of the circumstances attending such violation. The Township’s authorized agent making such report shall also attach to every such residence/structure/property a notice that such property was in violation of this article, or, in lieu of this, provide notice to the occupant/owner via regular mail, which notice shall contain instructions to the owner or occupant of such property that, if he shall report to the Township Treasurer and pay the sum of $15 within 72 hours after the time of such notice, the same shall save such violator from prosecution before a magisterial district judge and from payment of the fine and costs hereinabove prescribed, provided each day’s continuance of a violation shall constitute a separate offense.