Waist high grass in Dearborn an eyesore, traffic hazard

It's at least waist high and the grass is out of control. But this no vacant lot in Dearborn; it's property that sits right in front of a local Islamic center. 

So who's responsible for cut it all down? Residents were tired of waiting for the city and they got to work.

It's an eyesore but some even calling it a safety concern. The grass is growing near the Islamic Center of America is so high, cars on Ford Road couldn't even see over it.

"An eyesore is bad but when it becomes a public safety issue, people really need to be speaking out and demanding answers because people pay a lot of money to have basic services and this is one of those basic services," said Tarek Baydoun. "People who are leaving the road and looking onto the high speed traffic on Ford Road, they're having to turn onto that without being able to see the cars."

Tarek got on social media to vent his concerns and a fellow Dearborn resident was ready to work. That man was Regan Ford, who got a team of people together to cut it all down.

"Yesterday on social media, Mr. Baydoun said they were having trouble getting this mowed," Ford said. "I'm a man of the community, I'm the president of my neighborhood association and said 'I'll come out and help you.' So we got the guys out here and we're taking care of it, trying the best we can."

The residents took care of what they could. They cut the grass to remove the safety hazard so cars could have the visibility to drive out on to Ford Road. But they simply did not have the proper professional equipment to cut the rest.

"These mowers are made for golf courses where they're nice and pretty. you can't leave it like this," Ford said. "It's a safety hazard. I would have liked to have done the whole thing but you can't, it would tear the mowers up.

"I'm not supposed to have them there in the first place but you can't leave it like that, it's a safety hazard."

MDOT said they are working with the city of Dearborn and will be on the scene Tuesday. Baydoun said this isn't the time for red tape to get in the way.

"There's no excuse for this," Baydoun said. "We don't need any bureaucratic talk. People just need the grass cut. How else are they going to justify paying the taxes if they can't get the grass cut?"


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