8/13/2014 (Updated 10:55:56 PM)Mayor David is announcing a new initiative that will the allow the city to respond when private property owners ignore code violations.
David is awarding the city of Binghamton two bids for lawn maintenance on approximately 125 city-owned properties.
Firms were asked to submit proposals for lawn and maintenance on the various properties.
Maintenance would include trimming the grass and removing shrubs and small trees.
Right now city crews handle vacant city owned properties and private properties with code violations.
Winning bidders will maintain the city-owned properties only, which in turn will free the city's resources to quickly respond to code violations on private properties.
The mayor says the effort will be a positive step in fighting blight in Binghamton.
Mayor Rich David said, "I do feel that having a foot or two feet of grass is unacceptable. I do feel that garbage and other debris steamed on people lawns and neighborhoods is not acceptable. It is a form of blight and I want to attack this blight using city resources and improve the quality and integrity of our neighborhoods."
The initiative will cost about $25,000 for the rest of the season.
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