Weeds Whacked

Drivers in Council Bluffs have no problem traveling up and down Madison Avenue, but until Tuesday pedestrians were often forced to improvise, especially between Lindberg Drive and Palmer Avenue.

The side of the street does not have a sidewalk, but instead a pathway beaten between weeds that once grew several feet tall.

"It's real dangerous for the kids," said neighbor Don McNeal. "There's a lot of little kids that walk down this street, kids in school and you never know when one's going to fall off the curb out into the street."

After neighbors contacted Six On Your Side to come investigate, the city reacted quickly.

"There's no sidewalk on the property," said Public Health Director Donn Dierks. "I guess there is a right of way so to speak and we'll be working with either the public works department or the land owner to get that property taken care of."

Less than five minutes after those comments, a city crew cut the waist-high weeds down to ground level.

McNeal says that's a step in the right direction, but added, "We'd like to see sidewalks put in over here."

The city says it is not required to maintain undeveloped property like the stretch along Madison Avenue, but it will contact the property owner to make sure the weeds do not get out of control again.

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