12 On Your Side: Neighbors say they're fed up with overgrown county easement

News 12 at 6 o'clock / Thursday, July 11, 2013

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW) -- Stanley Lynch is fed up with what he says is literally a growing problem.

"They say they'll get somebody out there as soon as they can, and it seems like soon as they can never comes," Lynch said.

"There is a lot of poison oak and a lot of poison ivy back there." And that's not all.

"He was buzzing. I could tell it was a rattlesnake," Lynch said.

He and neighbor, Edna Munn, have lived on Collierwood Way in the Kings Grant subdivision for more than 40 years and say the county had always kept up the easement between their properties.

"They told us last year that we had to take it upon ourselves, that we had to clean it up ourself," Lynch said.

He says it's not just the hazards lurking in this overgrowth that have him concerned.

"It's gonna ruin my privacy fence eventually," Lynch said.

He says a $6,000 investment would be damaged or eventually destroyed. Lynch and his neighbors say they are also concerned about the growing mosquito problem.

News 12 spoke with Hameed Mailk, assistant director with the county engineering department. He says the county will to go the neighborhood on Friday. He says if the property belongs to the county, it will fix the problem.

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