How High will the Grass Get?

Well now Mr. Mayor Otis Campbell, how long will the grass get before your handpicked company will come to the rescue and grace us with their presence? I have lived here for 20 years now and this will be the first time that I can remember that PTC will not be clean cut and beautiful for the Easter season. Its just a shame that with all of the dogwoods and azaleas in bloom and everything so pretty that the grass is a foot tall. The whole place looks like CRAP! I guess waiting 2 weeks before you fired everybody was out of the question, but you would have to think that one through and who has time for that with your place at the Y-Knot waiting.
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Submitted by DarkMadam on Thu, 04/09/2009 - 5:11pm.

The following is an e-mail that a friend of mine received when she wrote to the Mayor, City Council, and Bernie McMullen about the state of the grass in the city:

The Mayor and City Council received your email about the condition of the rights-of-way, and the City Manager asked me to provide you with an update on the status of the contract. I know many of our residents share your dissatisfaction with the current state of the grass along the highways and Peachtree Parkway.

You are correct that City ordinance imposes a grass and weed height limit of 12" within certain distances of structures. Restrictions similar to the 8" limit set by Clayton County or the 6" limit set by Forest Park may certainly be something the Mayor and Council could wish to pursue. Although our ordinance does not specifically address the major rights-of-way, the current condition is certainly not acceptable and will not be the norm once the maintenance contract is in effect.

With that said, implementing such a contract takes some time. Council approved the Reduction in Workforce for Public Works on February 19, after which we had to advertise and solicit bids per state requirements. Council awarded the bid at a Special Called Meeting on March 24. Since that time, the contractor has been finalizing the required bonds, and our Purchasing Department issued the Notice to Proceed today. We will be seeing mowing activity by this Monday, April 13, and it is possible they will begin as soon as tomorrow.

Thank you again for writing, and I hope this helps to address some of your concerns. Please let me know if you have any additional questions.

Betsy Tyler
Public Information Officer/City Clerk

Submitted by Spyglass on Thu, 04/09/2009 - 12:43pm.

What have you done? I've bitched about it too, then I decided to do what I could to make my area look better. Neighbors thought it was funny seeing me and my Son towing the lawnmower down the street. Smiling

And I'm quite sure it took 3 votes for this fiasco to take place. Unless the Mayor has more power than I realized.

Submitted by Dondol on Thu, 04/09/2009 - 6:20pm.

My neighbor down on the corner of our subdivision cut the grass on the entrance for years, then last year a couple of city employees came to the door and he was told that he had to cease and desist on the grass cutting. It seems that it there was a problem with city liabilities with just regular old citizens cutting grass on the right of ways.

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