Salt, sand mixture available for residents to treat icy sidewalks

(ABC 6 News) – In the interest of public safety, Rochester Public Works wants to remind property owners to stay on top of removing snow and ice from sidewalks.

Residents can obtain a bucket of free salt/sand mixture to help address ice issues that occur during the freeze/thaw cycles that are common at this time of the year.

The mix will be available at two Rochester locations: behind the Fiesta Café in the Northbrook Shopping Center, and at the end of 1st Ave. SW next to the former YMCA building.

Residents must bring their own supplies as buckets/bags and shovels will not be provided by the city.

Residents are also encouraged to sweep up any salt and sand left on bare pavement to save it for future re-use and to prevent it from running off into nearby waterways.

Rochester Code of Ordinances 9-6-2 requires property owners with a public sidewalk or path abutting their property to fully remove snow and ice within 24-hours after a snowfall. The full sidewalk width must be free of snow and ice. For pathways wider than a traditional sidewalk, a path that is at least 5 feet wide needs to be cleared.

More information about the ordinance and enforcement program can be found, HERE.