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More grass problems growing

Jason Ferguson
Published: Thursday, November 8th, 2012

Fresh off a three-meeting debate over what to do with the enforcement of mowing tall grass in Boot Hill Subdivision, the Custer City Council found itself dealing with another grass issue at its Nov. 5 meeting.
Bill Anderson, who lives in the Bel Air Drive and Lincoln Street area of north Custer, came before the council to dispute having to mow a right-of-way adjacent to his property. However, some on the council wondered if his resistance was more over old disputes with the city than the mowing the city ordinance says he is responsible for.
When the city installed new water lines in 2003, the contractor for the project not only parked its vehicles on Anderson’s property without permission, it also detoured traffic across his property during the project. At the meeting, Anderson said the preparation and remnants of the project from 2003 make it impossible for him to mow the ditch in question. Alderwoman Jeannie Fischer wondered if some of his frustration comes from those past issues he feels were never resolved.
“I think you’re exactly right,” city community development director Rex Harris said.
Anderson gave a litany of issues he said the city caused in the area, including streets and culverts that either don’t work or divert rain water onto his property, remnants from the water line project that include rocks the size of his fist and grass species that were replanted after the project that make mowing the area more like mowing a pasture than a lawn. The grass is up to 16 inches tall in the area in question.
“Right now, I can’t mow the lawn because of the (water line) preparation by the city,” he said. “If you expect me to weed eat, maybe we should mow Pageant Hill and the parks first. That’s my thought.”
Anderson said when he stands at the end of his driveway, he can see 11 other properties that have grass over eight inches.

Fresh off a three-meeting debate over what to do with the enforcement of mowing tall grass in Boot Hill Subdivision, the Custer City Council found itself dealing with another grass issue at its Nov. 5 meeting.

Bill Anderson, who lives in the Bel Air Drive and Lincoln Street area of north Custer, came before the council to dispute having to mow a right-of-way adjacent to his property. However, some on the council wondered if his resistance was more over old disputes with the city than the mowing the city ordinance says he is responsible for.

When the city installed new water lines in 2003, the contractor for the project not only parked its vehicles on Anderson’s property without permission, it also detoured traffic across his property during the project. At the meeting, Anderson said the preparation and remnants of the project from 2003 make it impossible for him to mow the ditch in question. Alderwoman Jeannie Fischer wondered if some of his frustration comes from those past issues he feels were never resolved.

“I think you’re exactly right,” city community development director Rex Harris said.

Anderson gave a litany of issues he said the city caused in the area, including streets and culverts that either don’t work or divert rain water onto his property, remnants from the water line project that include rocks the size of his fist and grass species that were replanted after the project that make mowing the area more like mowing a pasture than a lawn. The grass is up to 16 inches tall in the area in question.

“Right now, I can’t mow the lawn because of the (water line) preparation by the city,” he said. “If you expect me to weed eat, maybe we should mow Pageant Hill and the parks first. That’s my thought.”

Anderson said when he stands at the end of his driveway, he can see 11 other properties that have grass over eight inches.

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