HAGERSTOWN -- City residents are responsible for clearing sidewalks after snow and ice events in the winter --Â a responsibility that is really a public safety issue, said John Lestitian, chief code compliance officer for the City of Hagerstown.
The city's policy regarding removal of snow from sidewalks was reviewed Tuesday during a Hagerstown City Council meeting.
City code inspectors are sent out to monitor whether people clear their sidewalks within an appropriate amount of time after precipitation stops.
According to city policy, sidewalks within the city's business district should be clear within four hours of a storm subsiding. In all other areas of the city, people have 10 hours to clear the sidewalks.
Inspectors leave notices if they find sidewalks are not clear, and return to see if they have been cleared.
If property owners don't comply with the second notice, a city contractor must be sent out to clear the sidewalks. The minimum charge for this is $70, Lestitian said.