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Lazy Shovelers....

My pet peeve in winter is people who shovel only their sidewalk and don't shovel that bit more to continue the path all the way out into the street. So walkers end up climbing over a snow bank just to cross the street. Is that in line with the borough regulations?
Bob Lightner January 05, 2014 at 11:00 AM
That's an easy question to answer. Yes, it is within regulations. The borough requires that you render your public sidewalk as clear of ice and snow as possible. There is no requirement or obligation whatsoever to also provide additional pathways into the street. Walkers should cross at the ends of the block where pedestrian traffic is to be expected and where, in fact, there would be no snow blockage.
Gerry Kranz January 05, 2014 at 11:17 AM
Thanks Bob. I am assuming that Angie was not talking about crossing the street at those points, but was referring to getting to the sidewalk after parking a car.
Josh Popichak (Editor) January 05, 2014 at 12:35 PM
Thanks for bringing this up, Angie. I'm also a bit unclear about whether there's a requirement to shovel a path between the sidewalk and the street. To add another layer of confusion, some people have sections of concrete that link their sidewalk with the curb, while others do not. So...would the requirement (if one exists) be just for any concrete section(s)? I'm asking this in general...but also curious about whether Hellertown has any special rule.
Angie Drake January 05, 2014 at 01:36 PM
I was talking about at the corners of the properties that border a street when you want to cross that street as you are going through a neighborhood. I was not complaining that people don't shovel the tree belt but I feel they should connect their shoveled path to the actual street so walkers and continue on without having to climb though or over mounds of snow at the corners of streets.
Angie Drake January 05, 2014 at 01:37 PM
Not just for us walkers but for the postmen/women who have to get through with our mail!
LSNative January 13, 2014 at 08:16 AM
The exact ordinance - "It shall be the duty of owners of property abutting on sidewalks, walkways and fire hydrants in the Borough to remove from the sidewalks, walkways and fire hydrants all snow, sleet or ice within 24 hours after the same has ceased to fall or accumulate thereon. Where the property in question is not inhabited, it shall be the duty of the owner to comply with this article."

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