Thursday, May 24, 2007

Get those mowers out!

Driving around town today, I was a little disappointed in the way the city has been maintaining their property so far this spring. Is it that hard to mow properly? I know it's been a little wet lately, but many of the city-owned areas around town are getting to have very tall grass and weeds. There are certainly homes and businesses out there who also need to do a better job of keeping their yards neat, but the city isn't that much better really.

Some of the worst areas in town are the grassy medians on major streets. There is a median on 32nd Avenue in front of Sam's Club that has weeds that must be about two feet tall. Another poorly maintained area is the yard around the Public Works facility. Yes, the city-owned building that houses city-owned mowers has a yard filled with tall grass and weeds. Please! With all the tax money we pay, I would think the city could at least do a decent job mowing their property.

Also, what's the deal with areas around fire hydrants, street lights, and signs? I know the city uses some big mowers for most areas, but couldn't they send somebody back with a smaller mower or a weedwhacker? I wouldn't dream of mowing my yard, but then neglect to trim around a fire hydrant or a sign. I know I'm probably picky, but is it also impossible for the city to use a bagger when they mow? As it is, they seem to just blow grass all over the street. Very messy looking.

After all, the city clearly isn't out there painting new lines on the streets so they might as well do a decent job mowing the grass...

12 comments:

Anonymous said...

I won't say the city can improve in a few area but they need a break sometimes. I'm sure the city relies on seasonal workers for some of the more menial tasks such as mowing and trimming. School just got out so I'll hope some students looking for work will pick up the mowing slack. I have noticed way more private lots with grass 2 or more feet high then city berms and medians. As for the lines you'll notice they've started to paint the main streets now. According to the city web site there's something like 19 square miles of streets in the city, I'm sure it takes time.

Lawnmower noise pollution said...

I'm all for keeping a neat and tidy yard, but what is bothering me more and more is the obnoxious roar of lawnmowers during the dinner hour.

Unfortunately, it seems to be the only time of day many of us can tend to our yardwork, but it's also disruptive.

It would be nice to enjoy at least one hour of peace and quiet in the evening after a long day at work.

I try to be courteous to my neighbors in this regard.

Anonymous said...

Hey one of the most obnoxious employers and their 5 acres of 2 foot hig weeds is "Altru Hospital" and their field near the Jap Garden. Hey cut the weeds or plow the field down and seed it into a crop. We in the Chateau Condos are being overun by the gophers aka rats in the field. Last count is over 10,000 rats and growing ! They are full of disease, junp in cars, and invade condos on 1st floor. Help !. greenglass4.

Libertas said...

The "JAP" garden? Is anyone going to call Anon on that?!

Anonymous said...

I think you just did, libertas.

Anonymous said...

don't they hay that field every year?

C. Y. said...

It's alfalfa and they should be cutting it a couple of times a year.
I've worked the dogs in that area and it is infested with vermin. The city should open a season on those flicketails.



If it's such a bad word, why did you repeat it, libertas?

Anonymous said...

So sorry, didn't know how to spell Japennese ! Not as educated as the rest of you gents. But the weeds are still 2 feet high and the new varmint count hit 15,000 today. There have been some "hillbillies" out there trapping the varmints and cooking them. Must be from Arkansa or Georgia ! They trully are "corn dogs" bob appetite !. greenglass4.

C. Y. said...

Brings a 'hole new meaning to "tailgating" huh??

DrJ said...

People from Arkansas and Georgia eat crawfish and possum, but not Dak-rats. Heck, they've never even seen one!

Anonymous said...

Hey talk about P. Dogs, great article in Fargo Forum about the hunt in western ND. They help the cattle from breaking a leg (the many holes left), Joel H. today spoke of the hunt also, maybe expand it to Duke Drive. greenglass4.

Anonymous said...

greenglass4 -what land are you talking about that Altru owns? You say Altru is an "obnoxious employer"-whatever THAT means-you must have been passed over for employment due to your spelling skills. J-A-P-A-N-E-S-E