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Waynesboro council votes to increase fines for failing to clear snow from sidewalks

March 20, 2013

WAYNESBORO, Pa. — Borough of Waynesboro property owners who fail to clear their sidewalks of snow within 24 hours of a storm ending are facing increased fees.

Fines were $10. Now, under a borough council vote Wednesday, property owners could be issued either a $75 ticket or a $100 citation, the latter of which carries state-related fees on top of the $100.

The borough council directed an ordinance to be written for adoption later.

Council members indicated they want tickets to be the primary method of enforcement. Those tickets will be issued by police officers or the municipality’s code enforcement officer.

Borough Manager Lloyd Hamberger provided the council with information about snow-shoveling fines in other communities. In Chambersburg borough, a first offense is ticketed by the police and costs the property owner $50.

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Borough officials said they wanted to bring snow-shoveling fines more in line with the fines for overgrown weeds.

The shoveling ordinance went into place circa 1860 and had a $3 fine back then, Code Enforcement Officer Dan Sheffler said previously.

— Jennifer Fitch

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