If your grass gets too long, you may have to face a fine
By Whitney Williams, Meteorologist/Multimedia Journalist - bio | email
QUINCY, Ill. (WGEM) -
Spring got off to a slow start, but warmer temperatures and rainy conditions have caused lawns to really pop up. Since March 20, the first day of Spring, the Tri-States has received close to six inches of rain. If your grass starts to get too high though, you could get fined.
Quincy's Director of Inspection, Michael Seaver, says the city ordinance states grass must be 10 inches in height before the city can take action. Seaver says once they receive a report, an inspector goes out to verify it and then the city notifies the property owner.
"Usually we only send one notice per calendar year," Seaver said. "We'll then give the owner usually three days to comply and we'll come back after that third day if it's not mowed then the city will issue a work order. The city crews will mow the grass."
Seaver says if the owner doesn't comply, they could have to pay.
"Fees are assessed at a rate of $60 an hour," Seaver said. "There's usually no fewer than two men on a mowing crew at a minimum of one hour. So the costs are fairly significant."
Seaver says the city has already received a couple dozen property complaints. If you want to complain about a neighbor who isn't mowing their yard, you can call Quincy's Office of Planning and Development at 217-228-4515.
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