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Not all city lawns ‘perfect’

June 8, 2013

Editor, OBSERVER: It is amazing to me that some residents around West Fifth Street and Woodrow Avenue in Dunkirk get so upset when someone else’s lawn isn’t postcard perfect....

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Jun-11-13 11:22 AM

But isn't it amazing how quickly the bulk of these problem properties (many in foreclosure and held by the bank) get the attention they need after the owner's are notified that they'll be ticketed and/or the city will have the placed mowed with the cost being placed on the tax bill. If they can muster the resources to do the job after a threat of government intervention, why not just do the right thing in the 1st place and be a good neighbor instead of a pest?! Too, if you know your neighbor is ill or otherwise suffering, why not send your kid & your push mower over there to cut the grass once in a while? Lots of benefit to be had for both the community and the kid (although he probably won't understand it at the time) in that sort of thing.

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Jun-10-13 10:27 AM

You have to treat scum like scum. Blighted properties should be instantly ticketed, and if they are rental properties, the landlords need to face the music. The town looks like a dump.

If after ticketing, it's found the owner has a legitimate reason for why property upkeep has lagged, work with them to find a solution. Hire some kids with the money from fines to help those truly in need.

I'm sick of the fact that my town looks like a sh-thole and there's no real effort to make it otherwise.

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Jun-10-13 9:33 AM

why we agree with the city getting after the property owners who don't maintain their properties ,the city could establish a help line or list of seniors and or disabled property owners and forward these names and addresses to area groups who would aid these needy folks, better still they could employ some of the folks on public assistance to do the work by giving back for what receive, yes get after the lazy who refuse to take care of their property, but aid the ones who are unable to do the work......

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Jun-09-13 8:30 AM

*NOT senior citizens

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Jun-09-13 8:29 AM

Jason, I agree with some of what you have to say but living in Dunkirk has become frightening for those of us seeing our neighborhoods become low income areas where absentee landlords and renters-now senior citizens-don't care about their property or noise level. The value of homes in this area goes down as more and more properties are bought out by "out of towners" who don't have to look at their own "blights". I overheard one guy who was mowing a foot high lawn on 4th st on the phone complaining about the city citing the property owner for high grass. The property's been in decline for years so all I could think of was-"Yes! Thank you city hall, wish you could do more."

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