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Borough of Chambersburg addresses enforcement of its snow-removal policy

February 29, 2008|By DON AINES

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Some property owners who skipped clearing off their sidewalks after last Friday's winter storm will not be able to avoid a warning or citation for future weekend snows.

Councilman Allen Coffman said at Monday's Chambersburg Borough Council meeting that he saw properties on Saturday and Sunday "where people made no attempt to clear off their sidewalks."

"We've got a snow policy," Coffman said. "We need some way to enforce it."

Assistant Borough Manager David Finch said the snow came at the beginning of a weekend, when the meter readers who post warnings and issue citations for not clearing sidewalks are off work. Weekend enforcement would require paying employees overtime or turning over enforcement to the police department, he said.

The council directed that the borough pay overtime for weekend enforcement.

Finch said about 70 citations were issued following a snowstorm earlier in the month.

Those who fail to clear their sidewalks within 24 hours of the end of a snowstorm are issued a warning followed by a $50 citation, according to the policy.

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