The city of Sioux Falls is warning people to shovel their sidewalks or face a fine. But what about the city's own sidewalks?
The city has a lot of sidewalks it has to take care of; the parks department alone has 13 miles. We did some checking to see how well they're maintained and judging by what we saw, in some cases, they're not good.
It's no stroll in the park for Kailey Silliman. We saw her running in the street by McKennan Park, avoiding the sidewalks.
"I'm running in the street because the sidewalks are snow covered and slippery and it's dangerous," Silliman said.
And so is running in the street.
"Absolutely, every corner is a danger so, running on the streets is also scary. There are people who swerve at you; they're not happy you're on the road, I'm sure," Silliman said.
Kelby Mieras is the city parks operation manager. He says the icy sidewalks from this last rain/snow event are even a challenge for its crews.
"We're having to go back over it again with plows and other pieces of equipment to get that ice off and use a lot more ice melt than we would typically," Mieras said.
Mieras says the department has gotten a few complaints about the city's sidewalks, but it's working on them.
"We're still bound by the same ordinance as homeowners are to get the sidewalks clear of snow and ice. We're out there doing what we can," Mieras said.
The city is giving everyone until 2 o'clock Thursday to clear their sidewalks, including itself, meaning right now is crunch time.
Silliman says yesterday she tried running on the bike path, but that too was snow and ice covered and some areas were flooded.