High grass is a concern for Wilkes-Barre residents

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WILKES-BARRE, LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU-TV) Wilkes-Barre residents are calling on the city to cut the grass. The city property in question is on South River and Sullivan Streets.

Wilkes-Barre resident, Chris Benjamin is frustrated by the city.

“You can barely see the other street from my house,” said Benjamin.

In front of Benjamin’s home, an empty lot owned by the city of Wilkes-Barre has grass over four feet tall.

“You want us to keep our grass neat, and stuff of that sort, come help the people. Lower it down,” Benjamin said. “It’s kind of depressing. It’s kind of sad that we live in a society where we would live in a society where they would give us fines for keeping our grass and stuff maintained but let this grow this high.”

Another Wilkes-Barre resident, Ron Jackson, says, “We would like to see as a community we would like to see it down.”

Benjamin tells us that, just this year, his neighbor received a fine from the city for having the lawn too high and it wasn’t nearly as high as the empty lot.

One resident hopes something is done with the empty space.

“It’s a big space, a lot of things can happen in there, you can have a garden in there, you can have a little play area for the kids,” Jackson said.

When Eyewitness News spoke to the Wilkes-Barre Department of Public Works Monday, they said due to the COVID-19 crisis, hiring summer help has been delayed, making it harder for them to get to projects.

After bringing the lot to the city’s attention, they are already getting the job done.

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