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Two Rochester women frustrated over unshoveled sidewalks

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ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) -- Two Rochester women say they're concerned about the safety of snow and ice-covered sidewalks.

Kim Bisanz and Karen Westendorf are referring to the sidewalks they use to walk to work in the area of Civic Center Drive and 11th Avenue Northwest.

Bisanz said if homeowners must be responsible for keeping their sidewalks cleared, businesses should be too.

The women say the slippery walkways are not only unsafe for able-bodied residents, but especially dangerous for people with disabilities.

"I think a lot more could be done especially with DMC coming," Bisanz said. "We're going to really have to make this place accessible not just for young athletic people."

"If they're athletic enough some of them can just hurdle it like in the Olympics or track and field," Westendorf said. "But I have arthritis in my left knee so it's difficult for me to step up high up over."

According to Rochester Public Works, businesses are responsible for shoveling their sidewalks. This is only their third season ticketing residential and commercial business areas for unkempt sidewalks.

So far this winter 25 citations have been issued to businesses.

Rochester Public Works says fine rates are higher for businesses, and the fine increases for additional offenses.

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