Tall grass still a problem for residents near vacant city lots - WNEM TV 5

Tall grass still a problem for residents near vacant city lots

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A homeowner is upset about the lack of action surrounding a blighted property that sits right next to her own house.

Several months ago, TV5 showed viewers a vacant property at the intersection of Oaklawn and Tausend. The lot was so overgrown with grass and weeds, drivers couldn’t see oncoming cars.

The city promised to take care of the property but that never happened.

"This is ridiculous,” Leticia Banks said.

Banks is fed up. She said the city of Saginaw reneged on its promise.

The city said it would mow down vacant lots one time if neighboring residents agree to maintain them thereafter. Banks agreed to the arrangement back in June, but she said nothing has been done.

"The city told me that they were going to give me a one-time clean out and a one-time cut. I've been patient. They have not came out and did anything,” Banks said.

Until today.

Less than two hours after TV5 contacted the city, workers were at the property mowing down part of the tall mess.

Facilities Administrator Bruce Caradine said he thought the grass had already been cut. He didn't learn about the mix-up until we told him.

"I apologize for the delay and we didn't follow through on this but we will get it taken care of so that Ms. Leticia will be able to handle this with her own equipment,” Caradine said.

This situation isn’t over yet, though.

There is still plenty of debris in the yard, such as a bicycle tire.

It’s something that can't be mowed over with a regular lawn mower and the city said it will have to be removed in order for Banks to maintain the lot properly.

“All of the heavy debris that could damage mowers and damage equipment they will be responsible for picking that up. And we will cut it even lower so that she will be able to maintain it,” Caradine said.

As for Banks, she's already doing her part to maintain the newly cut lot.

She vowed to embrace the opportunity to make her neighborhood look a little better and wants the city to mow down the rest of the vacant land so she can take care of it.

“Keep hope that they go ahead and follow through. If not, you'll see me again,” Banks said. 

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