No sooner did a mountain of tumbleweeds appear on the Herald's front page Friday morning than help was on the way.
The article about Kennewick resident Lara Grimes' losing battle with the weeds in her Panoramic Heights neighborhood prompted quick action from the city, which sent equipment and a crew to clear the errant weeds from West 26th Avenue and right of way.
"We had someone call, and we were able to work out a way with Waste Management to clear it up," said Kevin Ferguson, assistant city manager.
The accumulation of weeds that had been troubling Grimes and her neighbors for more than a month was gone by late afternoon.
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Ken Nelson, assistant public works director, said the city's policy is to remove tumbleweeds that are in the public right of way, so that's why the cleanup was done.
"But we can't go onto private property, so we're arranging to have a large dump bin put there (by Waste Management) so the neighbors can work together to clean up what's left," Nelson said.
"This is a difficult situation, and we've had to deal with it before," said City Manager Marie Mosley.
"Usually it is where development has occurred. There will be more development in the city, so we'll be talking about this as a management team. We need to decide what can be done legally to help our citizens. It's just a difficult situation to deal with," she said.