BI police are fighting weeds with
Here’s my weekend story on the impact of the city’s drastic
groundskeeping and roadside mowing cutbacks.
Bainbridge police are trained to weed out crime.
But weeding out weeds? Not so much.
The city has slashed funding for landscape maintenance, forcing
police, groups of senior citizens and others to get their hands
dirty as volunteer gardeners and landscapers.
Officers and police support staff spent much of Saturday
planting new shrubs and replacing their station’s front yard with a
lower-maintenance rock garden.
“We’re growing rocks now,” joked an officer as she walked past
white stones where green grass had been last week.
Where volunteers aren’t picking up the slack, city officials say
islanders can expect a shaggier look this summer on the generally
“We have less hours and less people to do these activities,”
city public works assistant director Lance Newkirk said. “Things
may look different this year.”
The biggest difference may be seen along roadsides. In the past,
the city crews mowed the sides of all paved public roadways during
the summer. This year, the city will mow once and do a few spot
mowings at intersections where grass and weeds block