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Councilwoman confronts public works director over city's struggle to keep up with overgrown grass

Posted: 7:12 AM, Jun 05, 2018
Updated: 2018-06-05 07:43:45-04
City struggles to keep up with overgrown grass
City struggles to keep up with overgrown grass

Clevelanders fed up with grass that's growing out of control. 

"It has to get this tall just for them to come out and cut it," said Nikki Hawk describing the uncut grass next door to her home.

Hawk walks by what almost looks like a forest every day. The greenery in the vacant lot next door towers over her six-year-old daughter.

"I haven't seen nobody come here to cut it," she said.

The City of Cleveland is not only responsible for mowing the grass outside of city-owned buildings and parks, they also have to take care of the lawns in front of abandoned homes and vacant lots.

Cleveland City Councilwoman Dona Brady brought up the issue in City Council Monday to the man responsible—Public Works Director Michael Cox.

"What is the deal with the grass cutting in our wards?" Brady asked.

"I'm not happy either, with the grass cutting," responded Cox after a beat.

Cox went on to put part of the blame mother nature.

"I'm not going to make excuses, about whether it rained or not, but when we get through our second cut it won't be the same," he said. 

"Right now we get through that first cut, the rain gets us, the heat got us, everything popped up."

But Councilwoman Brady wasn't buying it.

"It rained, it was 90 degrees, I got my grass cut grass," she said.

And neither is Hawk.

"They should be doing they're job, cutting the grass," said Hawk.

Cox went on to assure the councilwoman as soon as the first cuts are complete, things will look much better and will be easier to maintain throughout the summer.