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Langley solves its bush problem

"Al Gore and the City of Langley both battled bushes in 2000, but in Langley's case the bush lost.As a result of the two battles, George W. Bush is in the White House, and in Langley the little red bush disappeared, in the words of City Administrator Eric Lucas.Langley's bush problem was located at the intersection of Anthes Avenue and Sixth Street. A decorative bush planted in the city right-of-way hit a growth spurt and spent last year blocking the view of motorists turning left onto Sixth. Council member Neil Colburn described it as the killer bush.Lucas said the problem was solved by sending the property owner a notice of correction, which he described as a low key, non-invasive way of correcting a problem.All the property owner asked was that the bush removal be delayed until its dormant period so it could be moved to a new location. That was accomplished last month, and now motorists at the Anthes stop sign have a clear view of Sixth Street.It's an example of code enforcement that worked, Lucas said.In other action Wednesday, the City Council approved a $13,087 bill from Island Asphalt which made several safety and stormwater improvements to city streets. The biggest expenditure was for about $6,300 to fix a drainage problem on Park Avenue near Sixth Street, on the east side. Public Works Director Rick Hill described the area as wet, mucky, with standing water, before the repairs were made.Other work by Island Asphalt improved drainage basins on Second Street, where runoff sometimes floods businesses near the bank, and at Park and First, where the shoulder frequently washed out. The bill also included $2,700 for 12 tons of asphalt used to patch various places in city streets. "

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