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Niagara Falls poised to change contractors for clearing uncut lots

After the recycling and garbage issue, the one that saw the most complaints from the public during Monday's City Council meeting was high grass on vacant lots around the city.

It appears city officials are about to do something about it.

The Council has called a special meeting for 4 p.m. today to act on a recommendation from the Dyster administration to drop a Youngstown firm that was awarded the work at the end of March.

Baker Tree Care was awarded the contract to clear both privately owned and city-owned lots, having been the low bidder among four bids received.

The Dyster administration is recommending lawmakers terminate Baker Tree Care's contract and award the bid to K.J. Smith Enterprises, located on Highland Avenue, which was the next lowest bidder.

Niagara Avenue resident Robert Ventry told lawmakers during Monday's meeting he's seen some lots with grass up to 5 feet high.

"It's not fair to people who take care of their properties," Ventry said.

Other residents told the Council of the difficulty of selling homes near these lots, which often serve to discourage potential buyers.

The administration's recommendation reads, in part, that "Baker Tree Care has failed to perform under the bid.."

Today's meeting will be held in Council Chambers in City Hall, 745 Main St.

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