Borough of Chambersburg, PA
Franklin County
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[Adopted 11-23-1970 by Ord. No. 70-30]
[Amended 12-12-2016 by Ord. No. 2016-14]
The owner, occupant or tenant of every property fronting upon or alongside any street in the Borough of Chambersburg is hereby required to remove or cause to be removed for a width of at least four feet from the inside pavement line from all of the sidewalks in front of or alongside of such property all snow, hail, sleet or ice thereon fallen or formed within 24 hours after the same shall have ceased to fall or form. The foregoing notwithstanding, at all times during or after any snow event, it shall be unlawful for any person to shovel, push, throw or plow snow, hail, sleet or ice from a sidewalk, driveway, lot or any other area into a Borough road, street, or alley.
In case hail, sleet or ice shall be frozen so hard that it cannot be removed without injury to the sidewalk, it shall be the duty of the occupant, tenant or owner to sprinkle the same with sand, ashes, sawdust, or other suitable material that will make such sidewalk safe for the public, and whenever weather conditions permit, such hail, sleet or ice shall be removed by such owner, tenant or occupant.
[Amended 10-23-2006 by Ord. No. 2006-9]
The owner of a property shall be responsible for conforming to the requirements of this article where such property is occupied by such owner or is unoccupied; the tenant or occupier thereof where the property is controlled by such tenant or occupier; and the owner thereof where the property is a multiple-business or multiple-dwelling property, occupied by more than one tenant or occupier (i.e., the sidewalk in such case is a common area shared by tenants and the public but it is the responsibility of the owner to remove ice or snow).
[Amended 10-23-2006 by Ord. No. 2006-9]
In any case where the owner, occupant or tenant, as aforesaid, shall fail, neglect or refuse to comply with any of the provisions of this article with the time limit prescribed therein, the Borough may proceed to arrange to clear snow and or ice from the sidewalk of such delinquents and the Borough shall collect the expense thereof; with an additional 15% for overhead, as a municipal claim which shall be in addition to the penalty set forth in § 254-15.
[Amended 10-23-2006 by Ord. No. 2006-9]
A. 
The first violation of Article II, Snow and Ice Removal, Chapter 254, Streets and Sidewalks, in a snow season, as measured from October 15 through April 1 of the following year, shall be a summary offense punishable by a fine of $50. Any subsequent violations of Article II, Snow and Ice Removal, Chapter 254, Streets and Sidewalks, in a snow season, shall be a summary offense punishable by a fine of $100. Any owner, occupant or tenant who shall fail to remove any snow or ice from the sidewalk as required by the article shall, upon conviction thereof, be sentenced to pay a fine up to $100 and the costs of prosecution. Such fine and costs of prosecution shall be in addition to any expenses and additional amounts authorized by law, imposed as provided in this article.
[Amended 12-13-2010 by Ord. No. 2010-20]
B. 
After notice to the owner, occupant or tenant to comply with this article, each day the owner, occupant or tenant fails to comply shall be considered a separate offense hereunder.
C. 
A police (or peace) officer or persons authorized by the Borough Manager may give a ticket to the violator of the provisions of this article and instruct such violator that if he or she reports to the office of the Chief of Police and pays, for the use of the Borough, the sum of up to $100, or if he or she shall place the amount of up to $100 within the envelope provided in any of the special fine boxes installed at various locations within the Borough within 10 days of the time of issuance of the ticket, then such payment shall save such violator from prosecution by a citation (which prosecution would result in court costs in addition to the fine).
[Amended 12-13-2010 by Ord. No. 2010-20]
D. 
A police (or peace) officer, at his discretion, may issue a summary offense citation instead of a ticket. In any event, if a ticket is not paid within 10 days of issuance, a police officer shall issue a citation on the violator.
E. 
Once penalties are received by the Borough Treasurer the funds shall be deposited for the use by the Chambersburg Police Department.