Borough of Quarryville, PA
Lancaster County
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[Adopted 8-2-1982 by Ord. No. 218]
The following definitions shall apply to the interpretation and enforcement of this article:
Every person, partnership, corporation, joint stock company or syndicate in charge of, owning, leasing or in control of any building or lot of land within the Borough fronting or abutting on a paved sidewalk.
That portion of a street between the curblines, or the lateral lines of a roadway, and the adjacent property lines, paved and intended for the use of pedestrians.
Any precipitation depositing any accumulation on the sidewalks, such as snow, sleet, hail, ice and freezing rain.
Every person, as herein defined, shall cause sidewalks and entranceways to buildings to be kept clean in a safe and usable condition for public use and shall not deposit any litter or refuse in the gutters along the property or on the public sidewalks, streets or highways in the Borough.
Every person, as herein defined, shall remove and clear (or cause to be removed and cleared away) snow from a path of at least three feet in width on the sidewalk in front of or adjoining such property within 24 hours after the snow which is the cause thereof has ceased to fall or to be formed or after the same has been deposited thereon in any manner. If, however, the snow shall have ceased to fall between dusk and dawn, the pathway shall be cleared before 10:00 a.m. the following day.
No person shall deposit or cause to be deposited any snow on or against any fire hydrant or deposit it in the public roadway so as to interfere with or impede the flow of traffic thereon.
In the event snow on a sidewalk has become so hard that it cannot be removed without likelihood of damage to the sidewalk, the person charged with its removal shall, within the time mentioned in § 350-17 above, cause enough sand, salt or other abrasive substance to be put on the sidewalk to make travel thereon reasonably safe; and shall then, as soon thereafter as weather permits, cause a path in the said sidewalk of at least 36 inches to be cleaned of snow.
[Amended 8-1-2011 by Ord. No. 388]
Any person who shall violate any provision of this article shall, upon conviction thereof, be sentenced to pay a fine of not less than $75 nor more than $600 plus costs. Each day that a violation continues shall be considered a separate offense. Any fine shall be in addition to any costs and penalties which may be imposed under Subsection B of this section.
Failure to remove snow and ice from a sidewalk creates a nuisance and a hazard to the public, either by persons risking injury from falls on the snow and ice on the sidewalk or by persons walking in the street to avoid the snow and ice on the sidewalk. If the owner of any lot containing, fronting on or abutting on an improved sidewalk shall fail to remove and clear away or cause to be removed and cleared away snow and/or ice from a path at least three feet in width from so much of said sidewalk as is within, in front of or abuts the lot within 24 hours after the cessation of any snowfall, the Borough may cause the snow and/or ice to be removed from the sidewalk. The Borough shall keep an account of the expenses incurred to eliminate the hazard to public safety and to provide the service of snow and/or ice removal to the lot, and all such costs and expenses shall be charged to and paid by the owner of the lot. All costs and expenses incurred by the Borough in shall be a lien upon the lot, and whenever a bill therefor remains unpaid for a period of 60 days after it has been rendered, the Borough Solicitor shall file a municipal claim and/or a civil action for such costs and expenses, together with a penalty of 10%, in the manner provided by law for the collection of municipal claims.