Mayor David cracking down on blight in neighborhoods

By Josh Martin

August 13, 2014 Updated Aug 13, 2014 at 7:09 PM EDT

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Binghamton Mayor Rich David (R) has announced the city will be outsourcing maintenance on select city-owned properties.

By outsourcing, it will allow for some of the city’s resources to be freed up and focus on private property owners who ignore code related violations.

"By outsourcing basic lawn maintenance on approximately 125 city-owned properties, that will free up some crews to immediately respond to property owners who do not comply with code enforcement violations" said David.

High grass on privately-owned properties is one of the most frequent code-related complaints that the city receives, according to the mayor.

When a property owner fails to address a code violation after notification and re-inspection, City Parks and Recreation crews are left to perform the required maintenance, which takes away from other park maintenance responsibilities.

"I do feel that having a foot, or two feet, of grass is unacceptable. I do feel that garbage and other debris strewn on people's lawns and neighborhoods is not acceptable. It is a form of blight," said David.

Great Choice Lawn Care, of Johnson City, and Empire Property Management, of Binghamton, provided the two low bids out of the three companies that responded to the city’s July 18 request for proposals.

The parks department reviewed proposals and the Board of Contract and Supply awarded bids at Wednesday's meeting.

The initiative will cost approximately $25,000 for the rest of the season.

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