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Keep your sidewalks clear of ice and snow


January 12, 2010

Keeping sidewalks clear of ice and snow has been a challenge in South Pittsburgh (and across the city) this winter with below freezing temperatures and more than a foot and a half of snow already.

Tom Plietz, code enforcement officer for the Borough of Mount Oliver, said this year has been tough because of the continuous snowfalls. In the borough, as in the City of Pittsburgh of Pittsburgh, snow and ice must be cleared from sidewalks within 24 hours.

The problem has been that during the last days of 2009 and the first of 2010 there has been a measureable snowfall nearly everyday.

Mr. Plietz said there's a "minimal fine" for the borough citation for those who don't clear off their sidewalks, but can quickly escalate into a state citation after 10 days and the possibility of up to a $1,000 fine and a trip to the District Judge's office. Each year he has multiple cases that reach a court hearing for failure to clear the walkways.

The Pittsburgh citations are $25 and are issued by city building inspectors and could also result in a trip to Housing Court for failing to pay. Property owners may also receive a warning to clear the snow and ice away.

Mr. Plietz said that with the non-stop snow days as long as the property owners have made an "honest effort" to keep the sidewalks clear they shouldn't get a citation. He added that businesses are also responsible for keeping their walkways clear after a snowfall.


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