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Tall grass a growing problem for vacant city lots

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SAGINAW, MI (WNEM) -

The grass near one intersection is growing out of control and concern among neighbors is growing as well.

Leticia Banks contacted TV5 about the empty lots near her home. She is concerned the tall grass is a potential hazard as it's becoming harder to see traffic coming around the corner.

"It's always neglected year after year," said Jeanette Barnett, Saginaw resident.

Barnett things cutting the high grass is low on Saginaw's list of priorities. The grass in question is at the intersection of Oaklawn and Tausend.

"It's not safe. It gets so high sometimes that you can't even see when you're getting ready to drive out into the intersection," Barnett said.

The city said the grass at that intersection is on the list to get cut.

"First priority is safety and we try to take care of those safety intersections so no one will get hit walking or driving," said Bruce Caradine, Saginaw's facilities administrator.

The grass was cut Tuesday afternoon.

Caradine said the city has limited resources to maintain its 4,000 vacant lots.

"With only five man teams it takes a while to get through there," he said.

It takes three to four weeks to cover the entire city. A cycle that will play out eight to 10 times a year. It's an effort to keep the grass below 9 inches.

As for the intersection at Oaklawn and Tausend, Caradine said his crews will be back at least three or four more times throughout the year.

The residents who live there are glad to see the tall grass cut down.

"I'm actually happy they're out here," Banks said.

She said she knows Saginaw could use more resources to maintain the lawn, but insists the city can do better.

"It shouldn't take the grass to get this high for something to be done," Banks said.

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