Weeds and Grass

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A violation exists when weeds or grasses are more than six (6) inches in height on platted tracts of land with lots less than two (2) acres in area or twelve (12) inches on unplatted land. A violation also exists if there is any vegetation which is poisonous to the touch, such as poison ivy, poison oak or poison sumac. Other types of vegetation, such as vines, saplings or shrubs, may also be a violation if they exceed twelve (12) inches in height and are clearly uncultivated, inviting filthy deposits or provide harborage for rodents, refuse, or vermin.

Who is responsible for correcting the violation? The person responsible for the maintenance of the property should correct the violation. In most cases, this is the property owner, but it may be the tenant or owner's representative in some cases. This person is allowed six days starting from the date of the mailing of the Notice of Violation in which to correct the violation.

What areas must be mowed? In addition to the principal yard or lawn areas, you are responsible for mowing any areas between your property and the paved area of all adjacent streets including ditches, easements, alleys and unpaved rights-of-way.

What is the penalty if I fail to correct the violation? The city will mow the property and assess all costs incurred against the property. In addition, violators may be subject to a fine not to exceed $500.00. Each day the violation continues may be considered a separate violation.