On Aug. 10, 2014, I pointed out, in a letter to the editor, how poison ivy and poison oak have overgrown the walking bridge leading from West Seventh Street to the West End, Westgate School and Patterson Field. My family has paid property taxes for many, many years in support of the East Liverpool School District and it pains me to see a crucial route of access to the school in such dangerous disrepair.
On Aug. 14, 2014, the Thursday following the publication of my letter, I received a notice from the City of East Liverpool. I hoped that it would be a response to my letter to the editor, and that the city was finally going to do something about the poison ivy and poison oak that they have allowed to grow unchecked on that walking bridge, but it was not. Instead, it was a notice pointing that the grass was too high on a particular Stowers Rentals property, and it gave me five days to have it cut.
I found this to be quite ironic, because my son, Gregg Stowers, was cutting that grass even while I was opening the city's notice to me. The tenant of that property cuts the grass, but her mower had broken, so my son went to cut the grass. That's just the way we do things - we attend to problems as soon as we are made aware of them. My late, dear husband, Dorsey, was very proud of our rentals.
My friends say that the notice from the city was a retaliatory response to my criticism of the deplorable condition of the walking bridge, but I don't think that is the case. That would be a childish and petty response to a serious problem. Besides, if the city had the time to visit Stowers Rental properties and identify the single property with tall grass, then surely they would also have had the time to address the overgrown poison ivy and poison oak on the walking bridge.
And they've obviously not had time to get to that yet.
Joan Payne Stowers