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Mistaken mow job costs Va city nearly $1 million

Friday - 2/17/2012, 11:00am  ET

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (AP) - A simple mistaken mow job has cost the city of Newport News nearly $1 million.

Responding to a complaint of high weeds, the city sent inmates on work detail to mow property in Denbigh in the summer of 2010. Then the city found out that the land was protected wetlands.

The Daily Press ( reports the city was then on the hook for at least $7,000 per year for wetlands monitoring, in addition to other costs. So the city went ahead and purchased the 37-acre property for $950,000.

The city had planned to buy 5 acres of the property to secure a legal right-of-way for a new road. But officials say they likely would not have bought the entire 37 acres if it hadn't been for the mistaken mowing.


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