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Neighbors Growing Concern Over School Lawns

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Neighbors say it's a job that was being done every other week.

Crews could be seen cutting grass near the schools they live by but not any more.

Now they say no one has been around for weeks, code compliance has had a few complaints

Nick Perreault explains where, who's responsible and what's next.

School's not in session here and neighbors say neither is the lawn care.

Joseph Binder and his dog Baboo walk around Elmhurst Elementary every day and say clearly the yard is in need of some serious weed killer.

"It's disappointing, but considering fuel costs and labor costs it's seems to be an inevitable part of living in Lansing for the time being," Binder said.

Lawn care around area schools and connecting sites around is the school district's responsibility.

"If you look at the neighborhood it's pretty good neighborhood, they need to keep it up to par with the rest of the neighborhood," said Lansing Resident Albert Palacio.

Tall grass is also an issue over at Lewton Elementary.

WLNS reached out to the school district who said they're aware of the issue and it's not a matter of not having enough employees to cut the grass or money, but rather an issue of equipment. They say they've had equipment break down therefore haven't been able to the cut the grass, but say when that equipment is fixed, they'll be back to get the job done.

"Residents get fined for not taking care of their lawn, but they're not even taking care of their own stuff," Palacio.

The district's told Lansing code enforcement the grass would be cut in the next ten days, but if not they will pay.

"At that point then the city would go ahead and send out a notice to them asking them, they'd get the standard seven days or we'd have to send a contractor to come and do it," said Lead Housing Inspector Scott Sanford.

The district would have to pay for that visit from a contractor.

A growing problem that the school and neighbors hope doesn't linger too much longer.

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