Mayor offers good deal on abandoned property

By Donna Thornton/News Editor

As the Gadsden City Council discussed the progress being made in keeping grass cut on lots that have become the city’s responsibility, Mayor Sherman Guyton invited neighboring property owners to make offers – hinting the city is not likely to refuse.

The city has a large number of lots that fall into one of three categories: those the city holds clear title to; those the city has liens on; and those that are owned by the state.

It is up to the city to see that the grass is cut on those lots, and as council members and public works officials have said time and time again, keeping track of the task is a major challenge.

While the city turned to outside contractors in the past, the decision was made this year to do the work in-house, which seems to be working better. Still, council members ask that property owners be patient as they try to work through a grass-cutting schedule as the grass continues its relentless growth.

Guyton encouraged property owners who live alongside some of these lots the city is trying to keep cut to check with city hall about the availability of some of that property. Guyton said city officials will work gladly with people who might be interested in adding to the size of their own property holding while decreasing the number of lots the city must maintain.

“We can make a good deal on some of these lots,” Guyton said. in past meetings.

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