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Cleveland Heights Cites First Interstate For Tall Grass

Mayor Ed Kelley said the grass hasn't been cut on the former Oakwood Country Club property since last year.

Mayor Ed Kelley said the City of Cleveland Heights has cited First Interstate Properties for a tall grass code violation on the former Oakwood Country Club property.

First Interstate, based in Lyndhurst, . of Oakwood Commons has already started on the South Euclid side. But detailed plans for the Cleveland Heights side have not been confirmed, said Mitchell Schneider, president of First Interstate.

And the land has not been mowed this year, Kelley said.

On the violation notice dated June 11 and included with this article, it instructs First Interstate to cut grass within two days of receiving the notice. If First Interstate does not cut it, the city will complete the work and charge the company $200 per hour.

Schneider said the company will take care of it.

"We're in the process of arranging to have the lawn cut, and it's our understanding that the lawn has not been cut in years past since the club closed," Schneider said. "But nonetheless, we are making arrangements to take care of the lawn mowing on the golf course."

Mike Gaynier June 17, 2012 at 04:03 PM
I'd much prefer Mayor Kelley and City Council focus on citing lawns that need to be mowed in our neighborhoods, and lax businesses that ignore their own litter, rather than worry about the isolated grounds of the Oakwood property.
Richard Hollis June 17, 2012 at 04:36 PM
Citing Oakwood makes for better press.
Emily Jones June 17, 2012 at 06:27 PM
Mr. Gaynier, why should the City give First Interstate a "free pass" while residents that are having financial difficulties should be cited? I don't understand how you can advocate for the poor and middle class to get slammed with fees but large corporations should be exempt. Please explain.
Susan Miller June 19, 2012 at 02:17 PM
Grass, grass... Sigh. Grass is so deleterious to our environment. Yes, it's lovely to see an expanse of green, but non-native grasses act like a hard cap on the soil making it difficult for water (rain) to soak into the subsoil and replenish groundwater. While I agree that fair is fair, I also see the environmental benefits of meadows. Deep rooted native plants create more life in the soil, the roots go long as the plants grow tall. The Great Meadow at Forest Hills is an example of this. It's mowed only twice each year in spring and fall. Good enough for me. If Oakwood was to become a passive city park, would it have to be mowed like the golf course it has been since the early part of the past century, or could it have a vast meadow that improve rain absorption, provides forage for birds and bees and habitat for other animals? I'm in favor of more forests and meadows. Let the plants grow at Oakwood. If people think the place looks unkempt, let them visit the Tall Grass Prairie at Brecksville Metropark. Let us all distribute native wildflower seeds on the CH portion of Oakwood and watch it bloom. As to my own "lawn", I've been working for years to replace it with something more beneficial to life - food, flowers and trees.
Susan Miller June 19, 2012 at 02:18 PM
Oakwood's area could support a permaculture/polyculture farm that would go a long way toward feeding people in the two suburbs, but that idea is too radical for those who believe that manicured lawns are what drives our sustainable bottom line. I just see things differently.

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