Town of Rock Hall, MD
Kent County
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PUBLIC WAYS AND SIDEWALKS
The term "public ways" as used in this Charter includes all streets, avenues, roads, highways, public thoroughfares, lanes, and alleys.
The town shall have control of all public ways in the town except such as may be under the jurisdiction of the Maryland State Highway Administration. Subject to the laws of the State of Maryland and this Charter, the town may do whatever it deems necessary to establish, operate and maintain in good condition the public ways of the town.
The town shall have the power to:
A. 
Establish, regulate and change from time to time the grade lines, width and construction materials of any town public way or part thereof, bridges, curbs, and gutters.
B. 
Grade, lay out, construct, open, extend and make new town public ways.
C. 
Grade, straighten, widen, alter, improve or close up any existing town public way or part thereof.
D. 
Pave, surface, repave, or resurface any town public way or part thereof.
E. 
Install, construct, reconstruct, repair and maintain curbs and/or gutters along any town public way or part thereof.
F. 
Construct, reconstruct, maintain and repair bridges.
G. 
Name town public ways.
H. 
Have surveys, plans, specifications and estimates made for any of the above activities or projects or parts thereof.
The town shall have the power to:
A. 
Establish, regulate and change from time to time the grade lines, width and construction materials of any sidewalk or part thereof on town or private property along any public way or part thereof.
B. 
Grade, lay out, construct, reconstruct, pave, repave, repair, extend or otherwise alter sidewalks, curbs and/or gutters on town property along any public way or part thereof.
C. 
Pay the cost of the work described in Subsection B above and to recover all or a part of said cost from special assessment charges imposed on abutting property owners pursuant to Section 1101 of this Charter unless the Council shall elect to require abutting property owners to perform such work at their own expense pursuant to Subsection E hereof.
D. 
Require that the owners of any property abutting on a sidewalk keep the sidewalk clear of all ice, snow and other obstructions.
E. 
Require and order the owner of any property abutting on any public way in the town to perform any projects authorized by this section at the owner's expense according to reasonable plans and specifications. If, after due notice, the owner fails to comply with the order within a reasonable time, the town may do the work and the expense shall be a lien on the property and shall be collectible in the same manner as are town taxes or by suit at law.