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Neighbors Concerned Over Lack Of Mowing

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LANSING, MI (WLNS) - The city of Lansing has roughly 114 parks, which translates to over 600 acres of grass they have to cut.

Lansing City Council members are hearing concerns from neighbors that the grass in parks near them isn't getting cut often enough. Our 6 News Nick Perreault explains what's behind neighbors growing concern.

There are concerns from those who live nearby that say the grass is the city parks is higher than years past and not cut as often.

"There were two companies that had underbid the contracts that they had,” said Carol Wood, City Council member.

They said the job was too tall an order which Wood was told put the city behind three weeks as of Memorial Day weekend.

Lansing's been with United Landscaping for about four years.

"United always had the parks, they had additional stuff added to them."

Director of Parks and Recreation Brett Kaschinske says United had to pick up cemetery mowing and also finish winter debris cleanup. But losing the other two contractors didn't affect their workload.

"It's more the conditions that we're seeing and the grow of grass then it was any issue with the contractor,” said Brett Kaschinske, director, Parks and Recreation, Lansing.

But Kimberly Miller lives across from Ingham Park and says she doesn't buy that.

"They don't keep up on the yard or the playground, the grass they come cut it every two weeks maybe and then they go way to fast,” said Kimberly Miller, upset with park maintenance.

"Some of them almost look worse when they're done then when they started.”

Stan Chuck snapped photos near Washington Park Friday. He used to do the job for the city roughly four years ago and says the city should go back to cutting grass

"We are powerless to do anything about it.” The Parks and Recreation director says it will likely stay that way.

"Including the staff, the mowers themselves, we were looking at over a half a million in savings.”

But neighbors say they're cutting costs, instead of cutting grass. The Parks and Recreation director says some parks depending on use are cut on a weekly basis.

Others are bi-weekly, but add this next fiscal year and the department could look at making more mowing cuts.
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