- Associated Press - Tuesday, February 10, 2015

MANCHESTER, Conn. (AP) - Manchester is cracking down on property owners who fail to shovel their sidewalks after three recent winter storms.

The Journal Inquirer reports (https://bit.ly/1DAxl8Y ) that town officials say they’ll impose fines or liens on properties for sidewalks and fire hydrants not cleared of snow and ice.

A town ordinance updated in October allows the town to do the work and charge property owners for the cleanup if necessary. Property owners, land-management agents or occupants can be fined $75 whenever a sidewalk or fire hydrant isn’t cleared within 24 hours of a snowstorm.

The change was made to help local officials address a problem that’s mounted with rising piles of snow.

Previously, the ordinance had been ambiguous, calling for a fine that’s applicable to state laws.

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Information from: Journal Inquirer, https://www.journalinquirer.com

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