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Grass clippings cause city drainage problems

Posted on Tuesday, September 24, 2013 at 6:43 am

City officials are asking residents to be more cautious when mowing their lawns and not cut in such a way as to put grass clippings on city streets.

With abundant rains and flourishing lawns, the amount of grass clippings has increased tremendously, so much so that it’s causing problems with the city’s drainage system, according to discussion in a Fayetteville Board of Mayor and Aldermen work session in September.

“The problem has become so bad that I had thought about seeking passage of an ordinance to combat it,” said Scott Collins, city administrator, adding, however, that the board urged against that.

Instead, the board is simply asking the public to try to help with the problem.

“The drainage issues it’s causing are terrible,” said Mayor John Ed Underwood. “Plus the clippings out on the street are unsightly.”