A Bellevue lot with uncut weeds was finally mowed on Wednesday, one day after Channel 6 News reported on the frustration experienced by neighbors who had complained to the city about the problem without results.
A family was frustrated and wanted answers to the problem of weeds in a lot next to their home. The weeds were more than just an eyesore.
Angie Carvell and her family moved into the Clearwater Falls area in Sarpy County three years ago. It's an area full of activity where vacant lots are now filling in with new homes. But the lot next door forced Angie to contact the Fact Finders for help.
“We have been on the phone with (lot owner) Boyer-Young since the springtime because the girls were still in school and telling them the weeds were getting high and would you please mow it." But no one had mowed the lot and it was over grown with noxious weeds.
According to the Sarpy County Assessor's Office, the lot was sold by Boyer-Young Development Company in January, then sold back a month later. Meanwhile, the lot had grown into a health issue.
“We had somebody drive by and tell us that there was a purple weed out there that was poisonous and that it was illegal and that we should take care of it,” Angie said. Many of the noxious weeds stood more than six-feet tall.
“Nothing's been taken care of and the weeds are now as high as our fence and we're not getting any returned phone calls or anything,” Angie said. She also called to the county's noxious weed department and filed a complaint.
The Carvells even mowed a strip of land outside their fence to keep the noxious weeds from infesting their yard. Angie said it's having a ripple effect in the new subdivision. “People moving in are asking us why isn't this mowed. I would just like to see it mowed. “That's it.”
Fact Finders spoke with Mark Boyer of Boyer-Young, who said he drove by the lot and agreed it needed to be mowed. He said a lumber drop on the lot for houses under construction across the street may have prevented mowers from attending to the lot.