Local business owner, one of dozens, partnering with city to cut high grass

TOLEDO, OH (WTOL) - There are eyesores all over Toledo due to the fact that some propertiess haven't been mowed all season.

As the owner of Mulch Creations, making lawns look nice is Keith Bryant's day job, but it's also personal for him.

"I've grown up in Toledo and I really care about how the city looks," said Keith. "Hopefully by us partaking in the program, it'll bring some investors in and hopefully turn Toledo back around."

The city's partner mowing program started last year as a pilot and is back again, with more money than ever being spent on cutting grass, about $1 million, much of it taxpayer dollars.

The city has enlisted more than 100 partners, some of them your neighbors, to take on problem properties. They're paid $28 a lot. So far, more than 9,000 properties have been mowed this season.

Keith devotes three crews to the partnership.

"We can do up to about 45-60 properties a day," Keith said.

It sounds like a lot, but the city says it's still not enough, as more and more people are walking away from their homes.

The city says, overall the program has been successful. There are a couple of kinks to work out for next year. One of them being, some of the partners simply don't have the right equipment to tackle certain propertie.

Even Keith's professional equipment has taken a hit or two. But he believes it's worth it.

"We've had breakdowns and flat tires," Keith recalled. "Mainly, We've just enjoyed doing this because the residents in these areas thank us almost every day."

Anyone who sees a high grass in their neighborhood, over eight inches tall should call Engage Toledo at 419-936-2020.

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