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Sykesville Considers Requiring Cleared Sidewalks

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SYKESVILLE, Md. (AP) — The Sykesville Town Council will consider requiring that residents clear sidewalks on their property of snow. 

Other towns in Carroll County already have such requirements. Sykesville officials began considering the proposed ordinance after getting complaints about children being forced to walk in the streets to get to bus stops. 

Mayor Mike Miller says it’s a safety issue. 

The proposed ordinance would allow residents to be cited if their sidewalks aren’t cleared of snow within 24 hours of the end of the snowstorm. If residents don’t remove the snow in another 24 hours, the town can remove it and charge the residents. 

The council will conduct a public hearing on the proposed ordinance Monday. 

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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