City responds to overgrown grass complaints

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Updated: 8/23/2013 10:34 pm Published: 8/23/2013 9:33 pm

More reports of tall grass are causing a driving hazard in Tulsa.

On FOX23 News at 10 on Thursday a report on the tall grass about concerns at East 31st Street and South Hudson Avenue and on Friday city crews were mowing it down.

Other areas of tall grass concern across the city.

"It's hard to see actually," said Rhonda Jarnagin.

She has a hard time looking over the overgrown grass at 68th and South Garnett Road on the city of Tulsa side.

"I have to pull out there and I kind of gun it to get out on the street," said Jarnagin.

A FOX23 News viewer contacted the newsroom about the intersection concerned about the grass and not being able to see oncoming traffic.

"Someone is going to get to hurt," said Anthony Coleman.

Across the street is Union's McAuliffe Elementary school.

"Now with school being back in session, a kid is going to get hit," said Coleman.

He started contacting the city last week about the grass blocking the view of traffic. FOX23 News has a copy of the city's response assigning him a complaint number.

"Sent two emails to the city and called the mayor's action line," said Coleman.

The Mayor's Action Line is now the called the Customer Care Center.

The field on the west is private property with overgrown grass but there is a sidewalk and easement with grass that's taller than 4 feet.

"I have no idea who is supposed to mow it," said Jarnagin.

The sidewalk is considered the city's responsibility. We found another report of tall grass at 11th and Memorial Drive.

The city said it was mowed this past week. FOX23 News saw the easement lining private property was also mowed.

So the city is supposed to mow all that? “yeah so is someone going to call and let them?" said Jarnigan.

FOX23 News did contact the city. The last time the newsroom did that, crews were out the next morning cutting the grass.

"The field? I don't care. But this needs to be taken care of," said Coleman.

City code will not allow citizens to have grass grown over a foot or you could be cited and fined.

Another FOX23 News viewer contacted the newsroom about 129th East Avenue between East 31st and 41st about the tall grass that is taller than 6 feet.

Katesha Childers saw our cameras and assumed we were reporting on the overgrow grass.

"You have to pull out to the edge to even see," said Childers.

She told FOX23 News she has had close calls in her car.

"Oncoming traffic, we could have a bad wreck," said Childers.

City of Tulsa spokesperson Lara Weber says that area is scheduled to mowed in the next eight days.

The current mowing cycle ends Aug. 30.

Eight mowing cycles are budgeted.

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