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Officials say shovel sidewalks or get fined, billed for services

The City of Cortland is doing something a lot of community officials talk about, but rarely follow-through on executing.

It has to do with snow removal. In this case, the City says it’s cracking down on residents who don’t shovel sidewalks.

The city requires residents to take care of snow within 24 hours of snowfall. Beginning Wednesday, residents who do not clear their sidewalks within 24 hours will receive a penalty of $25.

The fee will grow with each offense.

Code enforcement will be looking for these violations after winter weather. They will put tickets on residents’ doors.

In addition, the City says local offenders will also pay for the cost to clear the sidewalk. City Officials are optimistic that this won’t be an issue.

City Councilors tell WSYR-TV that most residents do a good job clearing snow from sidewalks connected to their property.

The goal of enforcement, they say, is to deal with properties that have been a problem ‘for years’.


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