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Weissport cracks down on those who don't shovel

Published January 08. 2014 05:01PM

Weissport Council Mayor Jonathon Troutman vows sidewalks will be cleaned off this winter, even if residents fail to do so.

Troutman said Monday night that if residents do not clean off their sidewalks, he will have borough workers do the work and then bill them for the labor costs.

To make his point, Troutman presented each member of council with a copy of the Snow Removal Ordinance.

The ordinance was adopted Nov. 2, 1982, and regulates the removal of snow and ice from sidewalks and gives the borough the ability to remove snow from sidewalks and charge tenants or property owners for the cost of removing the snow and ice from sidewalks who do not comply with the ordinance. It also sets fines of $300 to tenants or property owners who do not remove snow or ice from sidewalks.Troutman said borough workers have removed snow and ice from one residence two times this winter. Troutman said that in both cases, it was at least three days after the storm.

He recommended that the borough charge the homeowner for the first offense and then charge and fine him for the second offense.The ordinance also sets a fine of $300 for anyone shoveling snow into the borough streets or against a fire get a refund for the remaining funds.Armbruster then noted that he found crime scene investigation equipment that he will not be using and asked for permission to sell it. He said he needs to research its value.

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