County manager promises one-time grass cutting near Minor HS

County manager promises one-time grass cutting near Minor HS

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Minor High School leaders say overgrown weeds along Minor Parkway make it hard for drivers to see, especially at night. Source: Alan Collins/WBRC Minor High School leaders say overgrown weeds along Minor Parkway make it hard for drivers to see, especially at night. Source: Alan Collins/WBRC
ADAMSVILLE, AL (WBRC) -

A grass cutting dispute is making it difficult for drivers along Minor Parkway near Minor High School in Adamsville.

Earlier this week Fox6 reported employees at Minor High School, including the football coach, got out to cut the median directly in front of the high school. Minor HS Principal Juanita Vann said the high grass and weeds are causing problems for their young drivers to clearly see the roadway.

"When the football games take place or evening activities coming in, people are going out there and it's already dark. They can't see what's out there," Vann said.

A football game is set for this Friday night at the school.

Jefferson County Commissioner Jimmie Stephens understands the county's financial troubles have restricted its grass cutting duties. Stephens had hoped the county would be able to cut roadways near all county schools.

"It's a safety issue with schools starting back. We've asked through the county manager, roads and transportation to cut back the right of way within a quarter of mile of each county school," Stephens said.

Jefferson County Manager Tony Petelos tells Fox6 News that is not possible. The roadway in front of the school is a county road which is within the city limits of Adamsville. The county turned over all through roads to the cities back in 2009.

Adamsville Mayor Pam Palmer tells Fox6 News it should be the county's responsibility and her city doesn't even have equipment to cut the parkway.

On Thursday, Petelos agreed to a one time cutting. Principal Vann welcomed the news.

"That is definitely good news because it's easier for us. We don't have to worry about it as much. Of course as long as there is something planted, it's going to grow," Vann said.

County manager Petelos said he would cut the median on a one time basis and will cut other areas if they are a threat to public safety.

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