To help the public works department keep roads safe and clear of snow, take these simple but important steps:
Snow Emergency Reference Guide
State Road Plowing
For snow plowing concerns on the following State roads, please contact PennDOT at 1-888-783-6783.
Ensure that your mailbox meets USPS regulations to avoid contact with the snow plows. The face of the mailbox must be between 6” and 8” back from the curb.Download USPS Mailbox Standards
It is your responsibility to keep the sidewalk in front of your property clear of both snow and ice within 18 hours of the last snowfall so pedestrians may travel safely. Exact details and penalties are described in the snow ordinance, copied below.
(Ch. 21, Part 1, of the 1994 Code)
Single-occupancy buildings. The owner, occupant, or tenant of every property abutting upon any of the streets in the Township of Hatfield is hereby required to remove or cause to be removed, from all of the sidewalks in front of or alongside such property, the snow and ice thereof fallen or formed, so as to clear a path for pedestrians at least two feet wide, within 18 hours after the snow shall have ceased to fall or the ice to form. Furthermore, such owner, occupant, or tenant shall keep the hereinbefore designated area free and clear of snow and ice after each removal. The owner of a property shall be responsible for removing the snow and ice where such property is occupied or vacant.
Multiple-occupancy buildings. The owner of a property shall be responsible for removing the snow and ice where such property is occupied by such owner or is unoccupied or vacant, or is a multiple dwelling or multiple business property, designated for occupancy by more than one tenant or occupier. The said owner of a multiple occupancy building is hereby required to remove or cause to be removed, from all of the sidewalks in front of, alongside, and internally located on such property the snow and ice thereon fallen. or formed, so as to clear a path for pedestrians at least two feet wide, within 18 hours after the snow shall have ceased to fall or the ice to form. Furthermore, said owner shall keep free and clear all parking lots and accesses to parking lots on properties with multiple occupancy buildings.
In any case where the owner, occupant, or tenant, as aforesaid, shall fail, neglect, or refuse to comply with any of the provisions of § 246-12 of this article within the time limit prescribed therein, the Township authorities may proceed immediately to clear all snow and/or ice from the sidewalk of such delinquent party, and to collect the expenses thereof, with any additional amount allowed by law, from said owner, occupant, or tenant, as the case may be, which may be in addition to any fine or penalty imposed under § 246-14 of this article.
[Amended 9-28-1994 by Ord. No. 420; 5-22-2002 by Ord. No. 488]
Any person who shall violate any provision of this article shall, upon conviction thereof, be sentenced to pay a fine of not more than $600, and costs, and, in default of payment of said fine and costs, to imprisonment for a term not to exceed 30 days. If the violators should, within 72 hours after violation, voluntarily appear at the Hatfield Township Police Building and indicate the desire to plead guilty to the offense charged and pay a fine of $15 to Hatfield Township, no prosecution shall be pursued.