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* News Release *
Thursday, August 26, 1999
For Immediate Release


Butler County Engineer Dean C. Foster reports that BCEO mowing crews have completed two rounds of mowing and will begin their final round of the 1999 season next week. This year's drought has slowed roadside growth somewhat; however, "weeds and Johnson Grass seem to flourish no matter what the conditions," Foster said. "Our crews have done an excellent job of keeping the roadside growth well under control."

The BCEO has two mowing crews with two mowers assigned to the eastern townships and three utilized in the more rural west side of the County. An additional mower will be purchased for next year enabling three crews with two mowers each to work through the County more quickly.

Five-foot flail mowers are utilized for cutting grass and weeds along 267 miles of County roads. These mowers have allowed the Engineer's Office to increase by nearly four times the amount of roadside brush that can be trimmed in a given period.

Flashing lights as well as Mowing Ahead and Slow-moving Vehicle signs are used in conjunction with all County mowing equipment. Motorists are advised to take extra precautions when approaching the equipment. Crews begin their rounds in the south central part of Butler County and work their way into the northern Townships.

BCEO crews have also been busy clearing brush to eliminate sight distance problems at various intersections and railroad crossings. Ditching, drainage problems, spraying weeds along guardrails, and controlling Johnson Grass are also part of this annual roadside maintenance program, which runs though early November when crews shift their focus to snow and ice control.

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