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Baker leaders seek to clean up overgrown grass

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BAKER - Overgrown grass near blighted properties is on the rise in Baker, and the city council took a step toward tackling the blight Tuesday evening.

The city council created a blight committee to get the grass cut. Councilman Pete Heine's plan calls for the city to put overgrown grass locations up for bids to local landscapers. Baker would foot the bill at first and then collect from property owners.

"Not only do we put a lien, we put it on the tax rolls where you have to pay your taxes every year," said Heine. "So that means the longest the city could be without its money would be for a year or year and a half until the taxes are collected."

The appointed committee members would have to approve the plans first before setting anything in stone. Heine says the push to keep the grass cut is to make Baker a cleaner city.

"If a person is looking for a house to buy and they want to move to Baker and ride through a subdivision, and they see all these yards clean and nice, they'll move here," said Heine. "If they see the grass is grown up and blighted looking then they're not moving here. It just makes sense."

Baker already has ordinances in place to control blighted houses and buildings.


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