[Adopted 10-9-1951 by Ord. No. 754 (Ch. 106, Art. II, of the 1972 Code)]
Sidewalks for the use of pedestrians shall be built and maintained in front of all lots abutting on all highways regularly used by pedestrians within the Borough, in accordance with the widths, lines, grades, slopes and specifications furnished by the Borough Engineer. All data necessary to construct or repair may be obtained without charge from the Borough Superintendent. Sidewalks shall always be maintained in a safe condition and shall include all the space between the property line and the vehicular driveway, even though the entire space may not be paved as a walkway for pedestrians. This safety requirement shall apply to all structures and materials placed or permitted to exist under, on or in the space between the property line and the vehicular driveway, including therein the adequate safeguarding of any work done within the space. Sidewalks shall be kept clean and free of snow, ice, leaves and any structure or substance which may cause inconvenience or injury to pedestrians; and upon failure to do so by owners or tenants, the work will be done by the Borough and the costs collected with penalties as authorized by law.
New sidewalks or curbs, whether laid by the abutter or by the Borough, shall be of a minimum of two-thousand-pound concrete, but an abutter may receive permission from Council to use material equivalent in durability and usefulness to the public. Sidewalks shall be at least four inches in thickness, with a slope of approximately 1/4 inch to a foot. Curbs shall be eight inches thick at the bottom, tapering to six inches thick at the top, and shall be 18 inches high from top to bottom. Six inches of the curb shall extend above the cartway, and the sidewalk shall be laid so that there will be a slope of 1/4 inch per foot toward the curb, so laid as to provide proper drainage over the curb. Upon reasonable cause shown, Council may change the foregoing specifications. At intersections or driveways, curbs and sidewalks shall be constructed in a manner to suit the local need as designated by the Borough Engineer or as approved by Council after a plan thereof, and the Borough may collect all additional charges, expenses and penalties, as and when an existing sidewalk shall be displaced by a new sidewalk.
The widths of sidewalks shall remain as now in use until changed by action of Council. On new highways the width shall correspond to widths on highways of like width, unless changed or ratified by Council. No walkway shall be less than four feet in width. The Borough Engineer shall prepare standards showing the location of sidewalk paving in relation to the curbline, which standards shall be maintained by the establishment of a uniform planting strip from the outside face of the curb to the outer edge of the sidewalk paving.
Upon application to the Borough Council, grass plots, trees and shrubbery may be temporarily permitted between property lines and vehicular driveway. Such permission, however, shall not in any way relieve the owner of the premises from liability for damages arising from negligence on the part of such owner or the tenant.
Notice to lay or repair sidewalks shall be given to the owner, according to legal requirements, by any elected or appointed Borough official. Notice to construct sidewalks shall be not less than 30 days, and the notice to repair sidewalks shall be not less than 10 days, except in the case of emergency repairs, when it shall be not less than 48 hours. If any person shall fail to comply with the provisions of this section, the Borough may cause the work to be done and the cost collected as provided by law; and such failure shall constitute a nuisance and be abatable under the laws of the commonwealth.
All sidewalks shall be kept at all times in safe and usable condition and in good repair by the owner of the abutting property. Upon failure or neglect of any property owner to keep the sidewalk abutting his property in such condition and repair, the Borough shall give notice to such property owner to comply with these requirements within 10 days, and upon failure of such property owner to do so within such time limit, the Borough may cause the necessary grading, paving, repairing, curbing and/or guttering to be done at the expense of the said owner, and may collect the cost thereof and all additional charges, expenses and penalties, as authorized in Section 1807 of the Act of May 4, 1927, P.L. 519, as last amended.
Editor's Note: See now 8 Pa.C.S.A. § 1806.
[Added 12-18-1972 by Ord. No. 1019; amended 7-14-1988 by Ord. No. 1180]
Any person who shall be convicted of a violation of any of the provisions of this article before any Magisterial District Judge shall be sentenced to pay a maximum fine as provided from time to time by state statute, together with costs of prosecution, or to imprisonment in the county jail for a term not to exceed 30 days, or both.