Sidewalk Snow Removal

BOROUGH OF MOUNT POCONO

 MONROE COUNTY PENNSYLVANIA

 

Ordinance No.  2 of 2006

 

ORDINANCE REQUIRING REMOVAL OF SNOW FROM BOROUGH SIDEWALKS WITHIN A SPECIFIED PERIOD OF TIME; PERMITTING THE BOROUGH TO REMOVE SNOW AND CHARGE THE EXPENSE OF SAID REMOVAL TO SUCH PROPERTY OWNER, AND ESTABLISHING PENALTIES FOR VIOLATION

 

SECTION I:  SNOW REMOVAL FROM SIDEWALKS REQUIRED WITHIN CERTAIN TIME

 

(a) The owner, occupant or tenant of every property fronting upon or alongside any of the streets in the Borough of Mount Pocono, in the County of Monroe and State of Pennsylvania (hereinafter called the “Borough”) is hereby required to remove or cause to be removed from all the sidewalks in front of or alongside such property all snow or ice thereon fallen or formed within twenty-four (24) hours after the same shall have ceased to fall or to form, so as to cause at least a 24 inch snow and ice free pathway to be opened within 24 hours.  Provided that the persons responsible for conforming to the requirements of this Section are as follows: the owner of a property where such property is occupied by such owner or is unoccupied; the tenant or occupier of such property, where such property is occupied by such tenant or occupier only; the owner of such property where such property is a multiple-business or multiple-dwelling property, occupied by more than one tenant or occupier.  In all cases the property owner(s) shall be responsible if the tenant is unable to be identified.

(b)        In the event that the snow and/or ice accumulation become so hard that it cannot be removed by means of a snow shovel, or similar device, then the owner, occupant or tenant of such property shall, within the time set forth in Section I (a) above, cause enough cinder, sand or other similar abrasive to be out on the sidewalk to make travel reasonably safe, and shall, as soon as weather permits, cause to be cleared a 24 inch pathway as described in Section I (a) above.

SECTION II.             BOROUGH MAY REMOVE SNOW AND CHARGE EXPENSES

In any case where the owner, occupant of tenant, as aforesaid, shall fail, neglect or refuse

to comply with any of the provisions of Section I of this Ordinance within the time limit prescribed therein, the Borough authorities may proceed immediately to clear all snow and/or ice from the sidewalk of such owner, occupant or tenant, and to collect the expenses thereof, with any additional amount allowed by law, from such owner, occupant or tenant, as the case may be, which may be in addition to any fine or penalty imposed under Section III of this Ordinance.

SECTION III.           PENALTIES

Any person, firm or corporation who shall violate any provision of this Ordinance shall, upon conviction thereof, be assessed a civil penalty of no more than Fifty ($50.00) Dollars together with any court costs.  Every day that a violation of this Ordinance continues shall constitute a separate offense.  This ordinance shall be enforced by the Borough Codes Enforcement/Zoning Officer or other designee of the borough of Mount Pocono.

SECTION IV.           REPEALER

This Ordinance shall repeal any inconsistent prior Ordinances adopted by the Borough of Mount Pocono.

SECTION V.             EFFECTIVE DATE

This Ordinance shall be effective February 21, 2006.