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A price to pay for not salting walks

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ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) --  This week's cold weather has turned area sidewalks into ice, posing a danger to walkers.

Jackie Ryan of Rochester walks through the Pill Hill Neighborhood on her way to work.

"And the last few days I've been having to walk in the streets, because it's safer in the streets because they've been treated and the sidewalks -- they're really bad," Ryan said.

To make matters worse her route is full of steep hills.

"I've had three broken bones in the last five years because of falls so it's a big concern for me," Ryan said.

Ryan's concern is the slick sidewalks are an accident waiting to happen especially in high traffic areas.

"Especially in front of businesses, I find it very odd that they want the consumer dollar, but when they leave their sidewalks full of ice it's just saying that they don't care," Ryan said.

The city of Rochester requires property owners to maintain any kind of frontage along their property. It only takes 24 hours after a snow fall or freezing rain before the city makes their way to your home or business.

"People file complaints, we send out an inspector and the inspector sends out a contractor to take care of it if it's in violation," explained officials with Rochester Public Works.

That means you'll be faced with a ticket and maintenance charges, but keeping your walkways clear isn't as hard or costly as it seems.

"Use about a half of cup of deicing salt for what is about 150 square feet and spread it out nice and even so you have a honeycomb pattern," explained officials with Rochester Public Works.

It will eliminate cost and damage to the environment and it still works just as well at keeping commuters on their feet.

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