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Keokuk considers new grass ordinance

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KEOKUK, Ia. (WGEM) -

It's hard to walk outside this time of year without smelling fresh cut grass, but officials in Keokuk say that grass is becoming an issue on city streets.

Keokuk Mayor Tom Marion says the problem is when people let grass blow into the street while they are mowing.

Marion says when the grass is left on streets it gets into sewers and clogs the systems up.

According to the current ordinance, the city has to send a letter and wait seven days to cite the homeowner. The city is now considering a new ordinance that would allow them to cite a homeowner on the spot.

One resident says it's almost impossible not to blow some grass onto the streets.

"Everybody in the city can't afford to by a mower that actually mulches it so you don't have that problem. You mow the grass, it's unavoidable to get grass down there," said David Donaldson.

Marion says a citation could cost up to $200, including court costs.

No action was taken on this issue at Thursday night's council meeting, but Marion says the new ordinance is being considered.

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