State Says It Doesn't Have Mowing Money

Lack of money at the state level is even affecting its ability to cut grass on rights-of-way.

That means some grassy areas along state highways are likely to stay overgrown.

The issue surfaced at Tuesday's Council of Governments meeting.

Ward 1 city councilman, Dr. George Thomas, says it puts the city and taxpayers in a bad spot.

"Their reason is they don't have any money. Our argument with them is we don't have money allocated for that either and the only place we can get money is raise property tax which we don't want to do," Thomas said. "So, you know, if a local property owner doesn't cut his lot, we can place a lien on that property and get that money eventually. With the state we can't do that so it's just out of the city taxpayers' pocket."

Thomas said the directive also applies to vacant lots the state owns in the city.

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  • by David on Jul 14, 2011 at 04:30 PM
    Hey WTOK, get out and start inviewing MDOT supervisors for answers about mowing. Why can't volunteers mow if the state won't? I have a non-profit and wants to mow roads for free. MDOT won't talk to me. Find out why.
  • by David Location: Ellisville on Jul 14, 2011 at 04:23 PM
    The state will not let me mow highways due to liability issues. I offer to mow free completely out of my own pocket because I care about how our roads look to out of state travelers. I cannot even help on jail inmate farms, or college campus to help cut grass because of liability! We have too many lawyers in this country wanting to sue ev eryone.
  • by angie Location: Philadelphia on Jun 18, 2010 at 05:53 AM
    I agree with anonymous. Put those that are locked up being made all comfy through our tax money get out there and cut the grass. there is no need in contracting this work out to be done when we have able bodied individuals in the prison systems that can do this. They pick up trash on the side of the road, why can't they cut the grass. If these people were mae to earn their keep while locked up, you would probably see a drop in crime.
  • by Anonymouse Location: Lauderdale County on Jun 17, 2010 at 07:36 PM
    What about prison labor? They can pick up trash on the highway, why not have them cut da grass too. Make them earn their keep or put them in pink and make them sleep in tents. This heat will encourage them to cut grass, if they want a/c at night.
  • by Anonymous on Jun 16, 2010 at 02:37 PM
    here is the catch.. miss. is not libel for any accidents found out the hard way. so expect your rates to go up now even more so..
  • by Kevin Location: Newton County on Jun 15, 2010 at 03:48 PM
    They already own the equipment. The employees are already on the payroll. They don't hire summer tractor drivers. So it boils down to a fuel issue.(supposedly). If thats the case, park some of the pickups that they ride around in, and start driving tractors and cutters. Bottom line is, they want to contract it out, they've been cutting back on bushogging for the last few years. This is just an excuse.
  • by Teejai on Jun 15, 2010 at 11:27 AM
  • by so what Location: meridian on Jun 15, 2010 at 07:43 AM
    as long as the grass doesnt get so tall that motorists cant see road signs .... let it grow!
  • by Anonymous on Jun 14, 2010 at 10:08 PM
    my goodness! cant even afford to mow the grass? LOL....LOL
  • by RC Location: Meridian on Jun 14, 2010 at 06:17 PM
    Why do we need to mow? So that it looks good? We can view it as trying to go green by letting the roadside habitat go back to what it should be and not wasting the fuel. Or, is it that we wouldn't need the extra city, county, and state employees? Hey, a new cost savings measure by eliminating unneeded positions.
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