Some kids might have to walk through the woods to get to school, but they shouldn't have to do it on a sidewalk.
"I'm hoping you can look into Primrose Road, as you go down the hill past Rockdale Drive all the way to Savannah Drive," Concerned Reader Marion Harris writes. "It is in desperate need of cutting and trimming of the overhang and ground cover.
"A number of people walk their dogs, strollers and kids when school is in. I've all ready encountered spider webs hanging down and the vegetation is now down so far it brushes my head if I don't move.
"I notice that the grass in front of the school, by the road is regularly cut, but I figure that is the school board's problem. This I assume is the city's problem.
"I'm hoping you might be able to help in getting this taken care of."
As the proud parent of a Gentian Elementary alum, I feel particularly obligated to address this.
Marion, you're right about the problem being the city's. The school district owns the Gentian property on Primrose down to about Savannah Drive. From that point up the hill, it's the city's.
So I called Pat Biegler, the city's director of Public Services, who said, considering that the school year is looming, this would be a good time to get that cut back.
"I'll get somebody out to look at it tomorrow," she said.
Whoa! Don't fix it before I publish the picture. That would be embarrassing.
Last week, the week of the bug, we vowed to check into why Sgt. 1st Class Alfred Weaver (whom I inadvertently demoted last week -- sorry, Sarge) may just have to live with the jungle growing in his neighbor's yard.
The backyard of the house next to his looks like an Amazon rain forest. So the city sent out an inspector, who looked at the jungle, shrugged and said, "We don't do jungles."
Maybe that wasn't exactly what the inspector said, but it was the gist.
As it turns out, the city can cite property owners for overgrown grass and weeds, but not overgrown trees, bushes and vines. City Attorney Clifton Fay explained:
"They only enforce the weed ordinance as written, and it only applies to certain plant growth," Fay said. "But if somebody owns private property and something is damaging private property next door, that's a classic case of civil nuisance, and can be a private civil litigation dispute."
Call in the lawyers?
"Yes. People have a right to assert claims against an adjacent owner who may be causing a private nuisance," Fay said.
Having a problem with an adjacent owner? Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or 706-571-8570. One call, that's all.