Dead grass lines St. Rt. 65 between Grove and Ottawa. (Putnam Sentinel/Alex Woodring)
Dead grass lines St. Rt. 65 between Grove and Ottawa. (Putnam Sentinel/Alex Woodring)
PUTNAM COUNTY - Many residents along U.S. 224 and St. Highway 65, as well as passerbys, have noticed large swaths of dead grass along the two roads.

The dead grass has been attributed to Mereier's out of South Point. Mereier's is an independent contractor chosen by the Ohio Department of Transportation to spray for weeds along the roads. The contractor used too harsh a chemical resulting in the dead grass.

"We are aware of the situation and we are meeting with the contractor this week to discuss what has happened," said Rhonda Pees, ODOT District 1 Public Information Officer. "The intention was to kill the weeds and not the grass."

Many of the calls the Sentinel received were similar to that of Carl Siefker of Kalida.

"Why would they use that harsh of a chemical," asked Siefker. "They used a totally wrong mixture. I'm a farmer I like to take care of my own grass. Now the weeds are going to take over and I bet someone will have to reseed it"

As for the possibility of reseeding, Pees says that will fall to the contractor.

"We are looking to see if some of those areas recover and if some of the grass comes back," said Pees. "We will wait and see how much recovers and what does not recover then the contractor will be responsible for reseeding any areas to reestablish growth."

Updates on this matter will be posted to this website.