Remove Snow and Ice from Sidewalks

The person in charge of any real property abutting or fronting upon a paved public sidewalk shall remove and clear away or cause to be removed or cleared away, all snow and ice by ten pm of the day following a snowfall; provided, that when ice has so formed on any sidewalk that it cannot be removed, then the persons referred to in this section shall cause the ice from remaining and presenting a hazard to the users of the sidewalk by the use of sand, abrasive material or any product designed to prevent ice from forming or to remain i its form and not be injurious to the health and safety of the public. (Ord. A-215 Part 1 (part): prior code SS 6.01 (1)).

Did you know that one teaspoon of rock salt is enough to pollute 5 gallons of water? Chemical deicers can be hazardous to plants, animals, the water supply and the environment as a whole. Once salt is introduced into our lakes and wetlands, it’s stuck in that water as it moves along to larger rivers and lakes. In addition to posing threats to water quality, salt causes damage to concrete and asphalt, potentially causing it to heave or crack.
The Village’s snow and ice removal policy includes only salting intersections, main roads and hills. Salt brine is used which can be spread more evenly, activates faster and with less traffic, and conserves the amount of salt needed. In temperatures below 17°F beet juice is used as salt is no longer affective, and calcium chloride is only used when temps stay below -10°F.
This winter, join us in keeping our surfaces safe and our waters clean by using the following practices: 
  1. Limit the use of salt on sidewalks and driveways – remove snow and ice as much as possible by shoveling and scraping BEFORE using salt. Shoveling early and often will alleviate compaction and ice build-up before it starts.
  2. Use environmentally friendly ice melt products that combine corrosion inhibitors like Calcium Magnesium Acetate (CMA) or Ice-Ban with salt to make it gentler yet still effective. Always follow instructions on the package for application rates, using too much can actually reduce the effectiveness.
  3. Don’t apply dry salt to dry pavement and sweep up any extra salt when no longer needed. Cleaning up surfaces prevents the salt from traveling with melt water into the street, our storm water system, the Milwaukee River and Lake Michigan. Try making a homemade brine by mixing salt and hot water:Brine