When Highland Park Public Works Director Ramesh Kanapareddy learned children walking to Northwood Middle School were having difficulty overcoming high piled snow he quickly did something about it.
The footpath connecting the Highwood portion of North Avenue with the Highland Park section at Western Avenue was not being plowed putting a mound of snow higher than some of the students between them and their education.
“City crews remove the snow as quickly as we can,” Kanapareddy said. “When we learn about something we are missing, we remedy it promptly.” A citizen called him last week and let him know about the footpath. It was clear by the time students returned to school after winter break.
Up until this past summer there was no path. That is when the City redid the landscaping on Western Avenue where it blocks traffic from North Avenue putting in a footpath that did not exist before. There was nothing to plow before this winter.
“This is a partnership between the community, the Public Works Department and the City,” Kanapareddy said. “There are 30,000 people who can report to us where work needs to be done.”