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Volunteers to wield shovels

November 22, 2006|by JENNIFER FITCH

The Neighborhoods 1st program for a second year will connect volunteers with City of Hagerstown residents who are financially and physically unable to clear snow and ice from their sidewalks.

So far, two people have volunteered to shovel this year, City Community Development Department Manager Larry Bayer told the City Council Tuesday.

The snow and ice removal policy will remain the same as it has for several years, and the city has planned a public awareness campaign to educate residents about the components.

Generally, property owners in the core business district are expected to clear sidewalks within four hours of a storm's end. The time frame becomes 10 hours in other areas of the city.

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The first priority is to clear sidewalks for businesses, and the walk routes for schools and government offices are a close second priority, Chief Inspector John Lestitian said.

Lestitian said the city has a $200 fee for clearing sidewalks, which is done after a pink notice has been issued. The fee is assessed on a property owner's second or subsequent offenses of the season, he said.

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