POTTER COUNTY, Texas (KFDA) - High grass on the sides of roadways is presenting a challenge for mowers and the Road and Bridge Department in Potter county.
The Potter County Road and Bridge Department has more than 400 roads to cover with just four tractors as they take out high grass and weeds that have gotten too high in the past couple of months.
“That’s a big task itself,” said Sebastin Ysaguirre, the Superintendent of the Potter County Road and Bridge Department. “And the guys that run these tractors are summer help, so they’re only getting paid $12 an hour. And trying to keep somebody to work four 10-hour days is a hard task.”
They say it has been hard to keep up with the growth in ditches on the sides of the road after rain early in the summer season.
The mowers during the summer are also part time, so the department says it can be hard to keep workers long term.
“You can probably mow it, and then the next week, it doesn’t look like we’ve been there,” said Ysaguirre. “But we definitely have, it’s just a hard task to keep up with.”
Mowing Foreman Seth Morgan says in a normal year, mowing across the county line takes about six to eight weeks.
“This year, I’m looking at about 10 to 12 because we are running into some issues where stuff is washed out, and we’re having to have dirt crews come out and fill in,” said Morgan. “Or just get into some muddy terrain where our tractors can’t get through.”
For them, the summer mowing season is from April to October.
The department says mowers will try to make as many rounds as they can in the time they have.
“Hopefully we can get it done three and a half times, maybe four times,” said Ysaguirre. “We try to get all the main roads where the snow builds up also because the grass will hold the snow up. And then we’ll have issues with drifting and everything else."
While they have gotten complaints from residents about high grass, the department says they are doing the best they can to prioritize safety on the road.
“Our main concern is visibility at stop signs and stuff like that to make sure that it’s safe,” said Ysaguirre. “If it gets to the point where you can’t see oncoming traffic, then that becomes an issue.”