John Manke is an active former Bay View resident who is involved in numerous neighborhood organizations, including the Bay View Historical Society, the Humboldt Park Fourth of July Association and the Shore Shore Farmers Market. He believes Bay View has a fine tradition in its past that we do not want to lose in the future.
When it gets very cold outside, salt does not always melt the ice on sidewalks. Sand is sometimes better than salt at melting ice. Kitty litter can work and it will not hurt the soil composition. A mixture of salt and sand can work better than salt or sand alone. In the old days, we used the ashes from the kitchen stove and coal furnace to fight the ice. This material is no longer available to us in large quantities to use. The salt that we use will eventually effect our water supply that we drink. Somewhere out there we must have something that will not damage our water supply or soil composition. We should ask our universities to discover a better solution than salt to melt the ice on our streets and our sidewalks. Whatever they discover must be able to do the job without damaging our environment. Kitty litter is one solution, but it can confuse our cats. Sand can work, but it weakens our soil composition. I hope that somebody out there can suggest a better solution to this problem, than I can. Please send in any of your suggestions to me at email@example.com. I am curious to know if there is a good answer to my problem of not using salt to remove ice.