Overgrown Lawn Concerns
An abandoned Hendersonville home with overgrown grass and bushes has been cleaned up by the city-somewhat. Neighbors of 821 North Oak say the property is a haven for rats and snakes, with many of the critters making their way onto nearby properties. After asking for help for a year, residents and city leaders confirmed the city council condemned the property on June 6th, then came out to mow the grass the next morning. However, the thick bushes remain untouched.
Residents Dorothy Means and Willie Clay say they are thrilled to finally be able to see the house again, but the city needed to do more. They say many of the bushes still harbor rats and snakes-seen yesterday by Clay. Hendersonville City Manager John Connet says the city has done all it can legally. The cleanup ordinance only applies to the grass, not the bushes. Connet went on to explain the foreclosed home has multiple owners involved in a complicated situation. He says the city is working with owners' representatives to sell the property as soon as possible, with the intention of demolishing the house and cleaning up the lot. Until it's sold, Connet says the city will monitor the lawn and mow it regularly.
By Karen Wynne
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