Snow Ordinance

Snow Ordinance

Chapter 152, SNOW AND ICE REMOVAL

The Borough has adopted the following ordinance dealing with snow removal:

[HISTORY: Adopted by the Borough Council of the Borough of Perkasie 4-11-1960 as Ord. No. 281; amended in its entirety at time of adoption of Code; see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I. Subsequent amendments noted where applicable.]

GENERAL REFERENCES

§ 152-1. Definitions.

For the purposes of this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:

PARKING | Any area not on a street of the borough which is intended or used for storage or parking of vehicles.

SIDEWALKS | A paved path or foot walk for public use located between the curb line and right-of-way line of any public or municipally maintained roadway.

STREET | The portion of a public or private way used or intended to be used for passage or travel by automotive vehicles and to provide access to abutting properties.

§ 152-2. Removal from sidewalks.

A. It shall be the duty of the owner and occupant, jointly and severally, of every parcel of real estate adjoining a public sidewalk, whether the parcel of real estate is occupied by a structure or not, to keep such sidewalks adjoining such property free from snow and ice along a three-foot width for the entire length of the sidewalk adjoining said real estate.

B. Except as provided in Subsection D hereof, snow and ice shall be so removed from the sidewalks of all business and commercial premises within the borough within six (6) hours after the cessation of any fall of snow, sleet or freezing rain; provided, however, that snow or ice that has ceased to fall or to be formed after 6:00 p.m. of any evening may be removed at any time before 12:00 noon of the following day.

C. Except as provided in Subsection D hereof, snow and ice shall be so removed from all other sidewalks within the borough within eighteen (18) hours after the cessation of any fall of snow, sleet or freezing rain.

D. However, in the event that snow and ice on a sidewalk have become so hard that they cannot be removed without the likelihood of damage to the sidewalk, the person or entity charged with their removal shall, within the time mentioned in Subsection A hereof, cause enough sand or other abrasive to be put on the sidewalk to make travel thereon reasonably safe and shall then, as soon thereafter as weather permits, cause said sidewalk to be thoroughly cleaned.

§ 152-3. Snow, ice and water falling from buildings.

The owners or occupants of buildings adjacent to public sidewalks shall prevent the falling of snow, ice or water from such buildings upon said public sidewalks.

§ 152-4. Depositing of snow and ice.

No person, partnership, corporation, joint-stock company, syndicate or private contractor shall deposit or cause to be deposited any snow or ice in the following places:

A. On or against a fire hydrant.

B. On any portion of a street.

C. On any place which this chapter or any other order, rule, regulation, resolution, ordinance or statute of the Borough of Perkasie or of any other rule- or law-making body whose jurisdiction extends in any way to the geographical area encompassed by the Borough of Perkasie, Bucks County, Pennsylvania, requires to be kept clear of snow or ice.

D. On any parcel of real estate without the express permission of the owner of the parcel of real estate upon which the snow or ice is to be placed.

§ 152-5. Dangerous accumulations not permitted.

No person, partnership, corporation, joint-stock company, syndicate or other as the case may be, shall cause the accumulation of snow and ice on any street or roadway in such a manner as to endanger pedestrians or obstruct the vision of motorists. In no event shall snow or ice be or be caused to be piled on any corner by any person, partnership, corporation, syndicate or other, as the case may be, within ten (10) feet of any intersection, in excess of four (4) feet in height which would tend to obstruct a motorist's vision.

§ 152-6. Snow piling restricted.

No person, firm or corporation shall pile, gather up, plow up or force any snow or ice upon any terrace or parcel of land within six (6) feet of any street, avenue or roadway in such a manner as to cause the height of the snow and ice so piled, gathered, plowed or forced to exceed three (3) feet six (6) inches in height above the existing natural grade of said terrace or parcel of land within six (6) feet of said street.

§ 152-7. Removal by borough.

A. Whenever any person, partnership or corporation neglects or refuses to remove any snow or ice piled, gathered or plowed up by him or it in violation of this chapter within four (4) hours after a request to do so by a representative of the Borough of Perkasie, the Borough of Perkasie may remove said snow or ice from such street or terrace and notify the Borough Secretary of the expense incurred by the amount of labor, equipment and materials used.

B. The Borough Secretary shall promptly present to the violator of this chapter a bill for the costs of removal of snow and ice. If not paid within thirty (30) days, in the case of a property owner, the cost thereof shall be assessed against the property and become a lien thereon, collectible in the same manner as delinquent borough taxes.

§ 152-8. Violations and penalties.

Any person who shall violate any provision of this chapter shall, upon conviction thereof, be punishable by a fine of not more than three hundred dollars ($300,) and costs of such proceedings or, upon default of payment of such fine and costs, by imprisonment in the county jail for a term of not more than thirty (30) days; provided, however, that if the District Justice determines that the defendant is without the financial means to pay the fines and costs immediately or in a single remittance, such defendant shall be permitted to pay the fines or costs in installments and over such periods of time as the District Justice deems to be just.