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Asheville to open bids for overgrown median cleanup

The City of Asheville is preparing to open bids to begin clean up efforts on some of the overgrown medians. (Photo credit: WLOS Staff)

The City of Asheville is preparing to open bids to begin clean up efforts on some of the overgrown medians.

“Yeah, I think we're behind on the maintenance of these islands, but the good thing about that, that is something we can catch up on pretty quick,” said Streets Division Manager Chad Bandy.

He says the bids will open up on Monday so crews can start work on a couple dozen medians spread out across the city.

Bandy says recent rains have contributed to the increased greenery, though residents have not enjoyed the sight.

“Untidy. Ungroomed,” Beverly Morris of Fairview commented.

“I don’t like the vegetation because it’s a safety issue in my opinion,” Nan Chase said. "Once it grows in, it obstructs the visibility. They're tough to maintain. Once you plant them, they get big.”

Bandy says it is all part of the Median Maintenance program, designed to provide a common vision for the quality and appearance of Asheville’s medians.

In the past, it has been a planting project, but he says, this time around, the focus will be on maintaining what already exists.

“We have our own board staff that have many other things they're doing, and this is an operation we can contract out instead of taking in-house staff to do that,” Bandy said.

Rather than waiting, Chase wants to see something else done.

“They could get a couple garden club ladies in there and get it done in an hour, I think,” Chase said.

Bandy says one of the reasons they don’t do that is for the safety of residents, and the work should be finished quickly once it begins.

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