[Adopted 11-1-2000 by Ord. No. 439]
Following the effective date of this article, it shall be unlawful to park or allow to be parked any motor vehicle or other vehicle on any street or road which is part of the Township system after the start of a snowfall and until the snow has stopped falling and the snow has been completely plowed for the full width of the cartway.
Any member of the Rostraver Township Police Department, or any employee of Rostraver Township engaged in road work, is hereby authorized to remove any vehicle abandoned or parked upon any public highway or street in violation of the terms and provisions of this article and to take any said vehicle to the nearest garage or other place of safety. The registered owner of any said vehicle shall be notified of the fact of the removal and of the place to which said vehicle has been removed, where he or she may obtain the same upon payment of any and all towing and storage charges. Neither the Township nor any of its officers or employees shall be held responsible for any damage to any vehicle occurring as a result of towing and/or storage of a vehicle parked in violation of this article.
It shall be unlawful for owners, occupants or tenants of property to dump, throw, shovel, pile or push any snow or ice removed from driveways or walkways into any public highway or street.
No snow, ice, slush, or a combination thereof shall be pushed or deposited into any drainage area, stream, river, culvert or catch basin.
No snow, ice, slush or combination thereof shall be deposited, pushed or maintained within a commercial, manufacturing, light industrial or multiple-family zoning district parking facility, or at or near an intersection in any zoning district, in a manner or at a location which creates a traffic hazard by impairing visibility from or of a public highway.
No person shall damage any Township property, including but not limited to traffic signs, culverts, etc., while removing snow, ice, slush or a combination thereof. Any damage to Township property shall be repaired or replaced in accordance with the requirements of the Township at the expense of the property owner and/or snow removal agency.
Fire hydrants shall not be covered. The owner is hereby required to remove or cause to be removed all snow, ice, slush or any combination thereof or any accumulation and/or impediment which would limit access to, from and/or around all of the fire hydrants which are located on said property, so as to provide immediate access by fire rescue personnel in cases of emergency. In cases involving a storm, fire hydrants shall be cleared of all snow, ice, slush or any combination thereof within 24 hours following the storm. In any event, any accumulation shall be removed not less than once in every twenty-four-hour period.
In all other cases involving the accumulation of natural and/or man-made items around fire hydrants the owner is responsible for the immediate removal of said items. In either case, fire hydrants shall be cleared sufficiently so emergency personnel have total access to hydrants. This is necessary to allow for fire hose connections to be made to access water in the event of a fire. The owner of a property shall be responsible for conforming to the requirements of this section where such property is occupied by said owner or is unoccupied or vacant.
In cases where the owner, occupant or tenant as aforesaid shall fail, neglect or refuse to comply with any of the provisions of this section of this article, or within the time period required herein, the Township of Rostraver, Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania, may, in its discretion, proceed immediately to clear the snow, ice, slush or any combination thereof or accumulation and/or impediment which would limit access to, from and/or around fire hydrants and to collect the expenses, with any additional amount allowed by law, from fine or penalty imposed under § 166-18 of this article. In no case is the Township of Rostraver liable if it does not exercise the Township option for removal of snow, ice, slush or any combination thereof or accumulation and/or impediment which limit access to, from and/or around fire hydrants as defined within § 166-17.
Any person violating any of the provisions of this article shall, upon summary conviction before a District Magistrate, be sentenced to pay a fine of not less than $50 and not more than $100 and the cost of prosecution, such fines to be collected as like fines are now collected by law, and in default shall undergo imprisonment not exceeding 30 days.