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Property owners keep sidewalks clean

December 31, 1997

Property owners keep sidewalks clean

By JULIE E. GREENE

Staff Writer

Downtown Hagerstown property owners did a good job Tuesday of clearing snow from their sidewalks in the required four hours, a city official said.

City inspectors didn't hand out any fines or warnings to property owners on Tuesday, said Mike Heyser, city building inspector.

Inspectors toured downtown to make sure property owners were aware the city code requires a 48-inch-wide path be cleared within four hours after snowfall ends in the business district, Heyser said. The business district is from Burhans Boulevard to Cleveland Avenue and from Baltimore Street to North Avenue.

Outside the business district, property owners have 10 hours after snow stops falling to clear sidewalks, Heyser said.

City officials encourage people shoveling walkways to clear snow from fire hydrants and storm drains, Heyser said. Clearing the storm drains helps improve drainage when snow starts melting.

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Snow should not be shoveled into the street because it creates problems for motorists, he said. Instead, snow should be piled in the yard or on the edge of the sidewalk, keeping a path open for pedestrians, he said.

Property owners who don't clear a path in time get a warning the first time, Heyser said. After that, they can be fined $25 a day, he said.

If ice forms and is hard to remove from the sidewalk, a melting agent or salt can be used, he said.

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