Residents could be fined for icy walks

Mount Airy measure would allow 24 hours to shovel

March 03, 2004|By Sheridan Lyons | Sheridan Lyons,SUN STAFF

Mount Airy residents would have 24 hours to shovel their sidewalks of ice and snow or face daily fines, if a proposed amendment to the town code is adopted by the Town Council next month.

The ordinance, introduced at the Town Council meeting Monday night, would require owners and occupants of properties fronting paved sidewalks to clear a 30-inch-wide path within 24 hours "after any precipitation event producing such snow or ice shall end."

Violations would be punishable by a $25 fine for the first offense and $50 for each subsequent offense. Each day the sidewalk is not cleared would be a separate infraction - and fine.

"The town code didn't address the time frame to clear it," Town Attorney Richard R. Titus told the council, so the town had a regulation with "nothing about a time limit or penalty for failure to comply."

The Town Council also introduced an ordinance to revise its adequate public facilities law, with an eye toward dovetailing the town's plan with the county's proposals to keep pace with expected growth.

In other business, the council:

Announced that the citizens nominations meeting will be held at 7:30 p.m. Monday at Town Hall for candidates for three council seats in the May 3 election. Also scheduled are a public hearing on the master plan at 7 p.m. March 11 at the Mount Airy Volunteer Fire Company, and a budget work session at 7 p.m. April 1 at Town Hall.

Discussed creating a leash law for dogs in town parks, where the animals now only have to be under their owner's control.

Heard from Councilman Christopher P. DeColli about plans to reduce the town's trash collection from commercial bins from twice a week to once a week. DeColli has been meeting with town business owners to prevent the dumping of items such as couches and construction debris that increase weight and cost.

Discussed the possible creation of four baseball fields at the south end of town to accommodate an estimated 157 teams, according to Councilman Peter Helt, of the parks and recreation commission. He said the shortage of space is a continuing problem for Mount Airy, "one of the youngest towns in the state in terms of population."

Heard from Council President John P. Medve, on behalf of the street and roads committee, about plans to meet with the state about moving a Main Street crosswalk from the Y-intersection at Park Avenue toward Center Street, to improve drivers' ability to see pedestrians.

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