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Overgrown lawns becoming a problem in Quincy

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QUINCY, Ill. (WGEM) -

There's no doubt that mowing the grass can definitely be a chore.

But some Quincy residents are neglecting to do it at all!

City officials say they've had more than 50 complaints in the last week about lawns growing taller than the legal limit of 10 inches.

So what's being done to fix the problem?

 

"It's over 10 inches tall, you can't even see the front porch on one side," said Quincy resident Lanny Daugherty.

 

Daugherty lives a few houses down from two houses that have let their lawns grow out of control.

Daugherty says the two homes have owners but they have left their homes abandoned, including their lawns.

Daugherty says this isn't the first time the grass has grown past the legal limit, and he's had enough.

"It's very frustrating because the neighbors on the left and right of me we try to keep our yards looking good, and you got two house down you could feed horses off of it," said Daugherty.

City officials say they give the owners of over grown lawns three days to fix the problem.

If they don't, central services mows the lawn for them, but it's not free.

"They have no fewer than two men assigned to that mowing crew and generally it's more than that. It's $60 dollars per man hour and there's a minimum one hour charge, so the very least they'll pay is $120," said Michael Seaver, Quincy's Director of Inspection.

Seaver says not only does it cost the city time and money to deal with high lawns, it's also dangerous.

"You never know what you'll find, hypodermic needles, certainly rodents snakes those sorts of things," said Seaver.

Either way, Daugherty says he just wants the eye sore he has to look every day, taken care of.

"I hope they find her and solve the problem, it shouldn't happen every year," said Daugherty.

Seaver says while the city usually doesn't write tickets for over grown grass, they will consider it if it becomes a chronic problem.

If you have an overgrown lawn in your neighborhood you'd like to report, you can call the Quincy Inspection office at (217) 228-4540.

 

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