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Twenty-eight property owners charged for snow removal

March 03, 2007|by DAN DEARTH

About 300 property owners received a written warning from the city last week to shovel ice and snow from their sidewalks, said John Lestitian, the city's chief code enforcement officer.

Lestitian said 28 of the property owners failed to comply with the warnings within the 24-hour deadline. As a result, the city hired private contractors to do the job, and sent the bills to the property owners, he said.

On average, the contractors charged $120 for their services, Lestitian said. The highest bill was $385. All of the fees included a $60 administrative charge from the city, he said.

Sidewalks are supposed to be cleared in Hagerstown's business district within four hours after a snowfall, Lestitian said. Outside of the business district, property owners have 10 hours to clear their sidewalks.

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