[Adopted 5-13-1905 by Ord. No. 17, approved 5-15-1905]
Sidewalks shall be built on both sides of all streets as hereinafter provided.
[Amended 6-2-1919 by Ord. No. 36, approved 6-2-1919]
There shall be and is reserved, for sidewalks on either side of each street and avenue in the Borough of Matamoras, from the property line to the curbline as follows:
It shall be lawful for the owner or occupant of any property fronting on any street or avenue in said borough to use such part thereof as is hereby reserved in front of his or her premises, except that pat thereof used for a sidewalk, and to improve and beautify the same under the direction of the Street Committee of the Borough Council.
[Amended 6-2-1919 by Ord. No. 36, approved 6-2-1919; 7-1-1929 by Ord. No. 46, approved 7-2-1929]
All sidewalks shall be:
[Amended 5-8-2018 by Ord. No. 333]
Before any such sidewalk shall be built or laid, the owner or applicant therefor shall ask permission of Council to construct the same. If the Council shall act favorably thereon, it shall give the applicant written permission, showing width, length and the thickness of the same, and shall instruct its Engineer to furnish by sufficient stakes, well set, the grade and all necessary information for the proper laying of the same. For each 100 feet of walk or fraction thereof laid out, the Engineer shall receive such compensation for his services, to be paid by the property owner, as shall be agreed upon by Council.
No trees; shrubs; telegraph, telephone, electric light or any other pole, nor any post or any other thing shall be set between the curbline and the property line without the consent of Council or the Street Commissioner, who shall instruct the Engineer to properly locate the same.
No opening, railing or passageway into cellars shall be allowed to extend more than three (3) feet upon any sidewalk, street or avenue of this borough. All cellarways or openings shall be securely covered or protected with doors to shut even with the sidewalk and shall be kept in good and sufficient repair, at all times properly guarded and kept closed between sunset and daylight.
It shall be the duty of the Borough Council to designate, from time to time, where sidewalks, trees, curbs, etc., are required and the manner and material thereof, and to give written notice thereof to the owner or occupants of property, requiring them to cause the same to be made or done within thirty (30) days after said notice or the same will be done by the borough with a charge of twenty percent (20%) added therefor.
No person shall break or injure any sidewalk in said borough.
If any sidewalk shall be out of repair, the Borough Council shall notify the owner or occupant of the land in front of whose premises the same may be to repair the same within ten (10) days from the date of such notice, and if such person shall neglect or refuse for such period to put such walk in repair, such repair shall be made by said Council and such person shall be liable to pay the costs and expense of such repair.
[Amended 6-7-1977 by Ord. No. 183, approved 6-7-1977; 5-8-2018 by Ord. No. 333]
Within 24 hours after any snowstorm shall cease, all sidewalks in this Borough bordering on both sides of Pennsylvania Avenue shall be thoroughly cleaned by persons owning or occupying lands fronting on the same. If any sidewalk is found uncleaned within said Borough after 24 hours from the time such a snowstorm shall cease, the Street Commissioner is to forthwith clean such sidewalk and to present his bill therefor to the owner or occupant of said premises. If the said owner or occupant shall refuse to pay the same, the Street Commissioner is to add 20% to the actual costs of cleaning the same and to collect the total in the same manner as debts of like amount are now collected. The owner of said premises shall, in addition, be liable to the penalties hereinafter set forth for violation of this section.
Snow and ice removal from fire hydrants. Every owner, tenant, occupant, lessee, property agent, or any other person who is responsible for any property within the Borough of Matamoras is required to remove any snow or ice from a fire hydrant adjourning his, her or its property within 10 hours of the cessation of said snow and ice falling. Furthermore, he, she or it may, if removal of said snow or ice from fire hydrants is not feasible due to physical or financial constraints, register with the Borough of Matamoras Municipal Authority. Once duly registered, the Borough of Matamoras Municipal Authority will assume the responsibility to clear snow and ice from fire hydrants adjacent to the registrant's property. If and/or when the snow and/or ice cessation happens during the hours of darkness, the time limit of removal of all snow and ice begins at daybreak. If any fire hydrant is found uncleaned within said Borough after 10 hours from the time such a snowstorm shall cease, the Department of Public Works is to forthwith clean such fire hydrant and to present the bill therefor to the owner or occupant of said premises. If the said owner or occupant shall refuse to pay the same, the Borough is to add 20% to the actual costs of cleaning the same and to collect the total in the same manner as debts of like amount are now collected. The owner of said premises shall, in addition, be liable to the penalties hereinafter set forth for violation of this section.
No person shall alter or change the grade or width of any sidewalk in said borough, or cause the same to be done, without first having obtained the consent of the Borough Council so to do.
All curbing used in this borough shall be sixteen (16) inches high by four (4) inches thick and set to line of grade given.
No earth, dirt, ashes or any other material shall be used or put upon any sidewalk within this borough, except to fill to within two (2) inches of the top.
No person shall disturb, dig in or in any way interfere with any sidewalk after completion, or disturb, dig in or in any way interfere with the land lying between the curb and property line, in said borough, without first having obtained consent from the Street Commissioner.
No person shall tie his horse on or allow any vehicle to stand on the sidewalks or stretch any line, string or other obstacle across any sidewalk.
No person shall encumber or obstruct any sidewalk in this borough with boxes, carts, wheelbarrows, baskets, barrels, goods or other articles, either exposed for sale or otherwise.
No sidewalk shall be encumbered in any manner for a period longer than one (1) hour, and then only in such manner as to leave a free space of at least three (3) feet in width.
No steps, signs, platforms, passageways enclosures, windows, porches or any other obstruction shall be placed in or upon any sidewalks, except cellarways as hereinbefore provided.
[Amended 12-30-1975 by Ord. No. 174, approved 12-30-1975; 9-6-1988 by Ord. No. 217; 5-8-2018 by Ord. No. 333]
Any person who shall violate any provisions of this chapter shall, upon conviction thereof, be punishable by a fine of not less than $100 and not more than $1,000 and costs of such proceedings or, upon default of payment of such fines and costs, by imprisonment in the county jail for a term of not more than 30 days. The continuation of such violation for each successive day shall constitute a separate offense, and the person or persons allowing or permitting the continuation of the violation may be punished as provided above for each separate offense.