St. Landry

Jul 15, 2013 11:03 PM by Erin Steuber

Tall Grass, Weeds Causing Problems for Drivers

In St. Landry Parish, some say the grass is growing too quick, and too tall. In some places the grass is more than 6-feet tall, and it's becoming a hazard for drivers.

The intersection of Patty Street and Acadiana Road is just one example of tall grass and weeds taking over the corner, making it more difficult to see on-coming cars. But last week the parish council turned down bids to help control the problem.

"This is irresponsible that they would stand in the way of a safety project that can be funded," said Parish President Bill Fontenot.

One of the council members who voted against the project is Councilwoman Pam Gautreau.  

"We have equipment to cut grass. (Fontenot) needs to get with public works and get those tractors working. If it's an emergency situation, it's necessary for him to get public works doing their job," said Gautreau.

Gautreau tells us the reason she voted down the project is because the bids weren't done properly.

But Fontenot says that's not enough.

"We need the vegetation chemical spraying in conjunction with the mowing so not as many mowing cycles are required," said Fontenot. "It allows the government to keep up with controlling the vegetation more efficiently. The chemicals that we use will only kill the unwanted grasses."

Fontenot says the chemicals will be used with, or without, council approval.

"The citizens can put their confidence in me that I'm going to overcome this issue. By the end of this week we will be using vegetation control as was planned by the open bid process," said Fontenot.



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