Saturday, October 8, 2011
Who's responsible for grassy strip?
From the Times Ledger:
The city and the head of a Middle Village cemetery are engaged in a not-my-turf war.
The two sides disagree over who is responsible for maintaining an unkempt grassy swath along 73rd Place, but residents who live nearby do not care which side wins the debate. They just want it cleaned up.
The strip of land runs between 68th and 70th avenues along western edge of 73rd Place and creates a no-man’s-land between All Faiths Cemetery and the road.
Empty beer bottles, syringes, used condoms, dog feces and bags of garbage are constantly being discarded in the brush, according to residents.
And the foliage makes a convenient home for vermin like raccoons, skunks, rodents and mosquitoes that cause problems in the neighborhood...
Dan Austin, president of the cemetery, said he has never owned the property, but as a courtesy used to clean it up. The economy and complications with having unionized workers led him to discontinue his maintenance several years ago.
He added that when his crews have previously cleaned the area they found household garbage dumped by neighbors, who left discarded mail bearing their addresses in the refuse.