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City leaders ask residents to dial 311 & report overgrown lots and excess vegetation

You know the saying, “April Showers, Brings May Flowers”? A statement that’s indeed true in many cases, which is why it’s important to note that with those showers can come overgrown lots. Those lots can in turn create major nuisances in communities thus posing some serious concerns for residents as they prepare for summer activities. So to keep your summer full of fun activities for you and your family to enjoy, we’ve put together a list of tips to deal with overgrown lots.

  1. Dial 311 to report the overgrown lot long before you recognize signs of excess vegetation. When the Public Works Department is contacted in advance, they will respond and cut the grass before it gets too high. The only time this is an exception is when the property is private or under legal restrictions in which the City of Birmingham is obligated to abide by.
  1. Make sure you have the specific address of the lot(s) that needs to be cut. If there is no visible address, list the street name and if possible, verify what specific address the property is near.
  1. Once 311 confirms a tracking number, keep this number in a safe place to reference for follow up on the request(s).
  1. Be consistent when following up on requests to cut the lots and keep all responses regarding the lots for your files.
  1. Encourage neighbors to keep their yards cut by lending a helping hand. People experience hardships. Some may be elderly, ill or work long hours that prevent them from maintaining their properties as they’d like. Communities are beautified through collective efforts.

Birmingham City Councilor Sheila Tyson, Chair of the Public Improvements and Beautification Committee, says that once communities make collective efforts to report and help one another, the overgrown lots issue could become a thing of the past.

“We have to hold each other accountable when it comes to the upkeep of our communities,” Councilor Tyson said. “Overgrown lots are not a problem until someone chooses to be careless about their property. It never hurts us as a community to take steps to ensure that the lots stay cut, and that those who are responsible for them are held accountable. I’m confident that we’ll see greater changes when this happens.”

This article is a contribution from Chiara Morrow (chiara.morrow@birminghamal.gov) in the Birmingham City Council Public Information Office. For more information please contact 205.254.2294.