LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – Some say growing grass on abandoned properties in Louisville is a growing problem.
“It's terrible as you can see and Lord only knows what’s up in there,” said District 1 councilwoman Jessica Green about a lot of Louis Coleman Jr. Drive.
Green says she has more than 900 abandoned lots in her district which covers parts of west Louisville. Many of those, she says, has grass many feet tall.
“For those of us that are in west Louisville, this is a part of our day,” she said. “This is in the fabric of what we're expected to look at every single day.”
According to Green, properties that are not owned by the city are visited by Public Works every 45 days. If issues in the previous visit are not resolved the property owner can be fined. In some cases, a lien can be placed on the property as well.
“As a city we've got to stop being so reactionary about things,” Green said. “We've got to be proactive on this issue.”
Green suggests allowing private companies or groups to cut the grass in neighborhoods if they want to. She says she receives calls daily about different lots that have tall grass. She says she also receives calls from constituents asking if they themselves can cut the grass.
“Not only do neighbors have to come out and look at it. It's a public health issue,” Green said.
At a recent meeting of Metro Council’s Public Safety Committee, a public works representative said there were inherent problems with that idea including trespassing and liability issues.
It's not the first time mowing grass has been an issue in Louisville this summer. Questions were raised about why right of ways on state owned roads were growing tall as well. Metro council is considering adding more than 100-thousand dollars to try and solve that problem. Public Works blames both problems on an extra wet summer.
“I call hogwash for anyone to say the reason properties are running a little bit behind because of a rainy season,” Green disagreed.