“why are contractors at a DC public school mowing grass at midnight?”

by Prince Of Petworth August 8, 2016 at 2:10 pm 9 Comments

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“Dear PoPville,

As I write this, I can still hear the mowers, weedwackers and leaf blowers …. why are contractors (anywhere) but especially at a DC public school (Raymond Elementary) mowing grass at midnight? It’s Sunday night, now after 12:15 and they are still out there – wouldn’t local noise ordinances cover this? They ended up stopping around 12:40am, still… pretty late for that kind of noise.”

  • west_egg

    On the bright side, as far as I can tell they only cut the grass at Raymond two or three times a year anyway.

  • Pixie

    On the other hand, the field at Takoma Elementary hasn’t been mowed all summer. The baseball field has transformed into a wild grassland.

  • Anonamom

    My genuine guess is that, as always, DCPS was way behind schedule on getting the school ready for the first day, so contractors had no choice but to stay and get the work done or not get paid. Raymond EC is now on the ‘year round’ model and today was their first day of school.

    • stacksp

      Raymond is one of the extended year schools and began instruction today. Someone must have forgotten that detail and sent a crew out at the last moment to cut the lawn.

      • stacksp

        Opps. Didnt mean to respond to you but yes I agree.

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    • bruno

      I second that guess. To avoid the heat and humidity of a summer midday.

  • Mojotron

    because ‘If it weren’t for the last minute, nothing would ever get done.’

  • Ward One Resident

    The Dept. of General Services is the DC dept. that oversees cutting the grass at schools and parks and they are waaaaay behind on lots of grass cutting this year. Park near me hasn’t been cut in weeks and it looks horrible. I’m sure w/ Raymond opening today, that’s what finally got them motivated.


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