Quoting Street Superintendent Albert Bridge from Bee-Picayune’s June 22 edition: “What really hurts is the tall grass.”
It is true here on West Hutchinson Street. The condition here is so deplorable. There are two vacant lots in my neighborhood that are not being taken care of by the owners. One of the vacant lots is between me and my next door neighbor, Mr. Rosendo Casarez. It’s been three years or so since City Hall (probably) sent two tractors to cut down the vegetations of all kinds, plus the Johnson grass that grows there also. It’s not only the vegetation and tall grass that’s on that lot but also a dead tree. Mosquitoes are not the only insects breeding there; there are also rodents, rats, roaches, snakes and who knows what else?
I know the owner of this vacant lot; he lives in Midland, according to the address I was given by City Hall. I offered to buy the lot that one time when the owner came, but he wanted an outrageous price for it. He told me at that time that he is paying somebody to take care of it, but besides the two tractors that probably were sent by the city, vegetation and other things are continuing to grow on it.
I don’t know what the code compliance officer can do, if anything; maybe he can take a ride to this neighborhood and check out the condition of these lots. Whoever is the authority that can enforce the care of these lots to their owner(s), I am sure the neighborhood will be very appreciative. I know I will. Thank you.
B. D. “Pat” DelRosario