Dean and Lynnette Zody
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Allow residents along the city reservoirs to reasonably maintain the land between their property and the water.
This photo, taken July 2014 on a Central Ohio homeowner’s property, shows the ground level view of Griggs Reservoir as a result of the Columbus Department of Public Utilities threat to arrest homeowners for criminal trespassing if they maintain this land. For the reasons listed below, the City of Columbus needs to allow residents to reasonably maintain this property without risk of criminal charges. 1. The scenic views along the reservoirs have disappeared. Instead of reasonably maintained property bordering the river, the land is now filled with poison ivy, honeysuckle, thistles and decaying trees, making it visually unappealing and also a health risk. 2. Property values along these reservoirs are deteriorating due to lack of a river view, which was once a major value for properties facing the rivers. Lower property values, and subsequent reduced property tax, will take funds away from local schools that are already struggling. 3. Residents and their guests and pets, along with all visitors to the parks and public spaces along the river, are exposed to several health risks as a result of the unmaintained land. In addition to invasive and poisonous plants, which can pose a health risk, this unmaintained land is a breeding ground for insects that can carry infectious diseases. If left unchecked, this can lead to a public health crisis. As Central Ohio homeowners and taxpayers, we encourage you to urge the Columbus Department of Public Utilities to again allow homeowners to reasonably landscape and maintain this land.