YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WYTV) – An unanimous vote by the Youngstown City Council in March approved funding to keep the city’s grass cut.
However, residents say the job is not getting done. The approved money was to cut the grass on vacant lots and on private property, if the homeowner doesn’t take care of it, beginning in April.
With the grass cutting program, the Youngstown Neighborhood Development Corporation will cut the grass if it gets higher than six inches. But grass in some neighborhoods is growing well beyond six inches.
Frustrated residents are calling their city council representatives, and Councilwoman Janet Tarpley said she feels although hundreds of thousands of dollars were put into the program, the job is not getting done.
“I’m embarrassed. You mean to tell me our city officials, our mayor, our department heads, they’re not embarrassed by the way this city looks?” Tarpley asked. “When any of your citizens are suffering, then we are all suffering, because we are not greater than any of the ones that we already have. This is ridiculous.”
Councilwoman Tarpley said if something doesn’t get done about the grass issue in the city, then she will take the lead on the project. WKBN has reached out to Youngstown’s Street Department, to see if it plans to send the contractors out to cut the grass at that area, but has not received a response.