CLEVELAND - Some residents on Cleveland's near east side report "a growing problem" in their neighborhood: unkempt lawns are popping up everywhere.
Residents sent the 5 On Your Side Solutions Center pictures of uncut lawns in front of occupied and vacant homes, vacant lots, sidewalks and along roadsides in the area of E. 65th Street.
Residents like Kathy McDonald told NewsChannel5 they've contacted the Mayor's Action Line, and their council members, but so far nothing has been done.
"You can't walk through any of these places, you don't feel safe," said McDonald. "The grass situation, I have not seen anything like this in the 12 years I've been living here. This is crazy, it's just ridiculous."
Ickel Grayer reports some lawns in his neighborhood are so overgrown, he's worried they're harboring small animals that could cause a health and safety risk.
"You need to come down here an do something about this neighborhood, and all these tall weeds," said Grayer. "Raccoons run through our backyard, they come out of the weeds. Bats and everything else, a big rat just came out from under our porch, all those tall bushes. It just isn't right."
NewsChannel5 contacted Ward 5 Councilwoman Phyllis Cleveland about this issue and she responded quickly, pledging to take action in that neighborhood.
Residents living with overgrown lawns in their neighborhood should report them to their city hall.
In Cleveland, any lawn over 8 inches is considered a health issue, according to Cleveland Housing Court .
The high grass could earn the homeowner a ticket and fine, and the city could send out a crew to cut the grass at the property owner's expense.
Cleveland residents can report unkempt lots to the to the Cleveland Department of Public Health at 216-664-2300.
Residents with animal nuisance issues should contact Animal Control at 216.664.3069.
NewsChannel5 at newsnet5.com will keep you updated on this developing story.
Kathy McDonald hopes high grass issues in her neighborhood will soon be solved.
"It's very disrespectful. I've been trying to get something for about two months now, and all I hear is, 'the first mow has already been done.' I said 'first mow, it hasn't been even been done the first time,'" explained McDonald.
"Something is going to come out an jump at you, animals, you can't see nothing."
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