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Mel Bennefeld letter: City doesn't live up to its commitment

Being one of owners of the beautiful boulevard on the north side of 19th Avenue North between 7th and 10th Street North, I would like to take this opportunity to explain to the people who drive by and to the person who complained to the City Heal...

Being one of owners of the beautiful boulevard on the north side of 19th Avenue North between 7th and 10th Street North, I would like to take this opportunity to explain to the people who drive by and to the person who complained to the City Health Department about it why it is in the condition it is.

When the improvements were made to 19th Avenue several years ago and the boulevard was sodded an in the spring of 2001 there was approximately a two- foot area from the curb which did not turn green in the spring and as the summer progressed the entire boulevard turned brown. We were informed by the city that their experts had determined that it was winter kill and we were responsible for it; all we had to do was rake off the sand from the street, sprinkle on some grass seed and water and it would be OK.

This spring, the last week of April or first week of May after complaining again, we were told that it was the fault of the ground not being properly worked before being seeded and that the city would be taking care of it.

On Aug. 13 we received a notice from the Fargo Cass Public Health Environmental Services that we have 7 days to take mow the boulevard or the city will. The boulevard has intentionally been left in the condition it is in to call attention to the wonderful service we get from the city for the amount of taxes that we pay.

Mel Bennefeld

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