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Some property owners to get tickets for not clearing sidewalks

February 22, 2007|by DON AINES

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - It was tough shoveling last week when snow was followed by an ice storm, so property owners in Chambersburg were given a few extra days to comply with the borough snow and ice policy for clearing sidewalks.

Still, 32 property owners will be getting $50 tickets for failing to make any perceivable effort to clear their walks, Assistant Borough Manager David Finch said.

Finch said the Valentine's Day storm presented a difficult task for those trying to clear their walks or trying to find someone to do it for them. Taking that difficulty into account, he said the borough would not cite anyone who made an effort to get the job done.

About 300 warning notices were posted at properties Thursday, Finch said. Those sidewalks were inspected again Friday, but the borough decided to give property owners more time and reinspected the walks Tuesday.

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Tickets were being issued for the 32 properties for which no discernible effort at clearing the sidewalks was made, he said.

Last fall, the Borough Council amended its snow and ice policy, calling for systematic inspections of sidewalks beginning 24 hours after the end of a snowstorm. Four owners were ticketed after the first snow of this year, but the council voted to forgive those fines two days before the most recent storm.

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