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Czech Village Wants City to Follow its Own Rules
Updated: Saturday, August 3 2013, 01:14 PM CDT
CEDAR RAPIDS (CBS 2/ FOX 28)--Businesses in the Czech Village say they have a bad neighbor.
"All the businesses do their part to make Czech Village look nice," said Tanna Cambridge who works at CJ’s Bar and Grill on 17th Avenue.
All the businesses except one neighbor are doing their part--the city.
They want the city to handle its neighborly duties like cutting the grass, weeds, and shrubs that many who work and live near 17th Avenue and B Street call an "eyesore."
"Everybody would like to see it gone," Cambridge said of the vacant lot which is across the street from the grill.
"It's not pretty to look at," said Matt Wymore who works in the Czech Village.
Nor is it safe they say--for the kids who often use the city-owned lot as a playground.
"They climb up there,” Cambridge said. “They jump off."
The city says it is their job to keep the grass cut on their properties--something they normally do every two to three weeks.
"We do try to get out there as quickly as we can," said Joe O’Hern, executive director of the city’s development services.
But this year, resources and staff have been strained due to flood preps.
"That got us off schedule and took up a lot of city time," O’Hern said.
With hundreds of city-owned properties to be maintained, they say they'll try their best to be a better neighbor.
But for those who have to look at the site every day, they just want the city to be fair.
"We get fined if we don't cut our grass or take care of our property," Cambridge said.