Neighbors frustrated over tall grass and weeds problem at south Wichita home

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WICHITA, Kansas — Because of the recent rain, tall grass and weeds are becoming a growing problem for one home in a south Wichita neighborhood.

Residents say they’ve had enough with the eyesore.

“The city should be on this,” said Robert Lewis, resident. “There is a city code against this.”

Every morning for the last 365 days, Robert Lewis says he sees nothing but overgrown grass and weeds out of his kitchen window.

“Like I said, that’s four foot back in there,” said Lewis.

The vegetation has taken over the front and back of a home in the 1600 block of S. Elizabeth.

“The weeds are like four foot tall and they’re drying out,” said Lewis. “Any little spark somebody could come by and throw a cigarette out and set the whole place ablaze.”

Neighbors have filed several complaints with the city.

They tell us not only is it a fire hazard, but it’s also a traffic safety concern.

Drivers heading northbound on Elizabeth towards Harry most likely won’t see someone walking along Harry if they make a right turn because of the tall grass and weeds.

KSN News did some digging and found that the home has been vacant for a couple of years now.

Public records show the property owners stopped paying taxes to the county. Their last payment was submitted in 2009.

KSN News also learned the city did try to address the problem by cleaning the property in 2012– free of charge for the owners.

But they slapped the owners with a fee in 2013 for a second visit.

Neighbors say the city has told them they’ll send a city inspector out but they haven’t seen that response yet.

“If we don’t keep up with our yards we get fined and yet this property owner has been able to get away with this and no repercussions yet,” said Lewis.

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