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District 2 begins “mowing blitz” of abandoned property in the Newburg/Petersburg area

Monday June 27, 2011

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

In the span of four days, some 30 abandoned properties have been targeted for a special “mowing blitz” in the Newburg/ Petersburg area by Councilwoman Barbara Shanklin (D-2). The effort is part of the ongoing plan to improve neighborhoods while Metro Government focuses on cleaning up abandoned properties.

“Working with the Newburg/Petersburg Council, the goal is to get ahead of the grass growing problem as summer gets underway.” says Shanklin. “We want to make sure theses targeted properties do not become eye sores which has been the case in the past.”

The “mowing blitz began on Saturday. The Newburg Petersburg Council is working with local contractors in the neighborhood to cut and trim overgrown grass in the 30 properties. Many of them are located along Red Oak Drive and other streets in Newburg.

Money for the blitz is part of the beautification project the Council undertook in 2010.

The Newburg / Petersburg Council has also planted flowers and made additional improvements through cleanups. The blitz funded by part of a $25,000 Neighborhood Development Fund grant from Dr. Shanklin’s office to the Council which also included costs for Newburg Days and Light up Newburg in the past year.

“Metro Louisville is focusing attention on cutting and cleanup overgrown grass in abandoned properties all over the city,” says Shanklin. “The Council approved extra funding in the budget to accomplish that goal with special teams of grass cutters. This ‘mowing Blitz” is another way of joining that effort. We are taking care of homes in the Newburg area.”

The blitz will end on Wednesday. Shanklin says the Council will then take a look at what has been accomplished and determine how to move forward over the course of the summer .

For more information about the “mowing blitz”, contact Councilwoman Shanklin’s office at 574-1102.

Barbara Shanklin (D) 2