City bound by previous pledge to maintain private property
After watching the trees and weeds bordering Century Village along Military Trail take over the swale, then Military Trail itself, crews in city trucks are cutting the brush.
Initially, requests that the swale be maintained were met with discusson of how they belonged to Century Village and therefore were private property.
Last Tuesday, however, it was a Deerfield Beach logo on the door of the front-loader pushing trees and scrub away from the Century Village fence. For that, credit Mayor Jean Robb.
“I had brought to the commission, a copy of the agreement we signed when I was Mayor the first time around [in 1982],” she said. “What happened was the county had decided to put in the stuff with agreement city would maintain it…”
The agreement to which Robb referred is the minutes of the regular meeting of April 20, 1982. In the section devoted to the beautification committee, , City Clerk Murial Rickard notes that “Motion made by Commissioner [Frank] Troina and seconded by Commissioner [Ben] Budd that Powerline Rd. between Hillsboro Blvd. and S.W. 15th St. be landscaped at a cost to the City of an estimated $10,000 to $12,000 annually, according to a contract whereby the County would install the landscaping and the City would be responsible for it.”
“It isn’t the city’s property….I understand that,” Robb said. “But it was in the swale area and county put the foliage in with the specific understanding that he city would maintain….”
So began 31 years of city trucks and city workers cutting the trees and brush. When budget cuts and layoffs taxed the capacity of grounds maintenance crews to keep up, however, the Military Trail swale was amon ghte firs tareas to be neglected. Four years ago, Commissioner Bill Ganz noted the grass was three- or four-feet high in some areas on Military trail and that there no longer was anything to divide single family homes in Deer Run near Century Village.
Ganz had asked that the agreement be reviewed to see who was responsible for the swale.
As of this week, it seems, it is the city.