City leaders in West County say MoDOT slacking at keeping grass low - KMOV.com

City leaders in West County say MoDOT slacking at keeping grass low

ST. LOUIS (KMOV) -- Some city leaders in west St. Louis County are upset because they say MoDOT is getting away with not cutting grass throughout the area.

On Highway 141 near Manchester, some grass is obviously beyond the tipping point.

“So right now we’re dealing with people who are saying, ‘why should I keep my lawns up kept, maintained, cut, whatever, while MoDOT doesn’t have too,’” said Manchester City Alderman Mike Clement.

Clement says MoDOT should have to meet the same standards residents do.

If homeowners don’t keep their grass cut, they get a lien put on their house.

MoDOT is responsible for the grass in some parts of the area, but an official told News 4 they have a tight budget and simply can’t afford to cut it as often as they used too.

So now some areas only get cut three times a year.

“And you can already see if you go out there right now and look at 141, it’s probably already back up eight to 10 inches and they’re not going to be back in here ‘til July,” said Clement.

Clement says residents are concerned about property values and whether the tall grass poses a fire danger. City officials met with MoDOT this week asking them to reconsider.

A decision is expected later in June.

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