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Councilwoman Scott calls on MSD to clean up its drainage ditch on Putman Avenue

Tuesday November 12, 2013

For Immediate Release:
Democratic Caucus
Louisville Metro Council
Contact: Tony Hyatt 574-4137 /526/3622

Louisville – On Tuesday morning November 12th, Councilwoman Attica Scott (D-1) called upon the Metropolitan Sewer District to take care of one of its properties on Putman Avenue.

She issued the following statement:

“On September 12, 2013, our office sent a request to MSD to cut the overgrown grass of this drainage ditch. We were informed that it would be 2014 before this grass could be cut. I find that to be ridiculous and unacceptable!

As you can see, this four-foot deep ditch is not maintainable with normal lawn equipment because of the steep sides. Good people in this neighborhood would readily cut this grass if they had the proper equipment and safety was not a concern.

As the Vice Chair of Metro Council’s vacant properties committee, I am just as committed as the rest of our city to addressing the blight that stems from properties that are not maintained. We are quick to fine residents for failure to cut their grass and yet a quasi-governmental entity can take six (6) months or more to show some responsibility to our community.

The failure of MSD to be solution-oriented and address this issue before it gets worse is disappointing – to say the least. When our neighbors cry out for help from a government that claims to want to address blight and create healthy and safe spaces, we must be responsive in a timely manner.

I serve areas that are inside and outside of the Urban Services District. Far too often, folks outside of the Urban Services District continue to question the benefits of merged government since they continue to be treated as forgotten people.

Cut the grass, MSD! Cut the grass before next year.”

Attica Scott (D) 1