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Please avoid using de-icing products for one year and never use rock salt. 

Using a shovel may be the safest way to remove snow and ice from stoops and sidewalks without damaging the masonry of a building and the sidewalks. When you spread rock salt on your concrete to melt snow and ice, the melting action of the salt allows water to enter the concrete. If the temperature then drops and the water freezes, the growing ice crystals will create pits, which will eventually crack or cause potholes. Repeated heavy applications of snow melting products can cause the scaling and flaking of masonry surfaces. This action, called salt fretting, is often found where the base of the building meets the sidewalk. Continued use of de-icing products on masonry can cause severe fretting and the loss of pieces of masonry from the building or sidewalk. We recommend using a shovel to remove the snow. To prevent icing the safest substitute is sand. If you have any questions, please call 887-2355.

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For information about snow plowing procedures click here.

The Streets Division is responsible for maintaining curbs, gutters, and sidewalks. We also maintain the flow of water through ditches receiving storm water runoff from City maintained streets. This system consists of inlets or catch basins, open channels and ditches, and underground pipelines, and detention ponds. City crews periodically clean the banks of the drainage ditches and remove any obstacles obstructing the flow of water through the ditch.