City will no longer cut entire lots for vacant property - WNEM TV 5

City will no longer cut entire lots for vacant property

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SAGINAW, MI (WNEM) -

Bennie Scroggins lives next to two vacant houses. She said the city hasn't sent anyone out all year to cut the grass, and it's getting out of control.

“It just looks so bad and it makes the neighborhood look bad,” Bennie Scroggins said.

Bennie Scroggins said the lots have become a dumping ground and are starting to attract the wrong crowd.

"Someone could set the house on fire. You see the bullet holes someone has put through there?" Scroggins said.

The grass is almost shoulder-high and it goes from one back yard all the across to the house next door. Bennie Scroggins’ son, David Scroggins, is concerned by the city’s lack of response.

“It's old couches behind there,” David Scroggins said. “We called the city... they never came out.

David Scroggins said his mother is 82-years old and shouldn’t have to live next to a forest.

But Phillip Karwat the director of public services for Saginaw said he doesn't have the resources to make sure all the lawns of vacant homes in the city are well maintained.

“Several thousand properties, I can’t. I just can’t cut that amount of properties with $200,000.”

He said city crews are no longer cutting entire vacant lots, just the right of way. He said neighbors are going to have to foot the bill or just let nature take its course.

''Trees will start to grow, wild flowers will start to grow. It will be beautiful," Karwat said.

Money and staff may be limited, but Bennie Scroggins said there should be more the city can do.

“They’ve got signs for sale,” Bennie Scroggins said. “Who would want to buy that, who would want to buy it?”

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