Central Indiana students face icy sidewalks

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It's back to school Monday for many students across central Indiana and the slick streets and icy sidewalks are a concern.

Rena Dean, her daughter Nyree and two cousins wrapped up their holidays with a day at the Children's Museum. Monday, Nyree heads back to school, along with thousands of other IPS students.

"She probably wants another week, yeah, but I'm ready for her to go back," admitted Dean.

But the icy side streets are a bit of a concern, especially with buses having to navigate a sometimes narrow passage.

"They're slick. They're very slick. That's another concern. When they first came through to do the side streets, they didn't put enough salt down," said Dean.

The city only plows side streets when there's six inches or more of snow. It doesn't salt side streets - not with over 4,000 lane miles to cover.

Unshoveled sidewalks are also a concern as the kids head back, with IPS asking residents to help out.

"Residents who live in areas that they know our students are being picked up for the bus, that they make sure that that pathway is as clear as possible, because we really don't want to encourage our students to be in the street either while they're walking to the bus stop or while they're waiting for the bus," " said John Althardt, IPS spokesman.

Henry Peterson, a city inspector, spent Friday stopping by several businesses along Keystone.

"We're just informing all the property and home owners on Keystone that along with your parking lot that you're required to keep your sidewalk clear as well," said Peterson, speaking to a business owner.

It's not just homeowners and businesses that have failed to clear their walks but some schools as well.

Sidener was clear along Kessler, but icy along Keystone. Kilmer School had yet to clear all of its walks, including the main entrance. Isn't that the school's job?

"Yes, each individual property owner if it's a school or business is required to clear the sidewalks in front of their premises," Peterson said.