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Weed and grass ordinance amended

Pulaski property owners who choose to flatten their tall grass rather than mow it soon will no longer be able to use that method to skirt by the town’s weed and grass ordinance.
Town staff has been authorized by Pulaski Town Council to develop an amended version of the current ordinance to include three changes designed to “deal with situations encountered under the current code.”
The first proposed amendment would add wording to require grass and weeds be physically cut. According to Town Manager John Hawley, some residents have pressed down rather than cut tall grass that is found to be in violation of the town’s present ordinance.
The current ordinance prohibits grass, weeds and brush from exceeding 18 inches in height if it is more than 100 feet from any building or paved street. Council also is proposing to reduce the 18-inch figure to 12 inches.
Farmland will be exempted from all or most of the conditions.
According to Town Manager John Hawley, the town has received more “high grass complaints” in residential areas this summer than prior years due to the number of houses left vacant as the result of foreclosures. He said council may also wish to “consider an amendment in the ordinance regarding responsibility for the care of foreclosed properties.”
Town Council voted 5-0-1 to have the staff amend the ordinance and bring it back to the council at a later meeting for possible adoption.

Weed and grass ordinance amended

Pulaski property owners who choose to flatten their tall grass rather than mow it soon will no longer be able to use that method to skirt by the town’s weed and grass ordinance.
Town staff has been authorized by Pulaski Town Council to develop an amended version of the current ordinance to include three changes designed to “deal with situations encountered under the current code.”
The first proposed amendment would add wording to require grass and weeds be physically cut. According to Town Manager John Hawley, some residents have pressed down rather than cut tall grass that is found to be in violation of the town’s present ordinance.
The current ordinance prohibits grass, weeds and brush from exceeding 18 inches in height if it is more than 100 feet from any building or paved street. Council also is proposing to reduce the 18-inch figure to 12 inches.
Farmland will be exempted from all or most of the conditions.
According to Town Manager John Hawley, the town has received more “high grass complaints” in residential areas this summer than prior years due to the number of houses left vacant as the result of foreclosures. He said council may also wish to “consider an amendment in the ordinance regarding responsibility for the care of foreclosed properties.”
Town Council voted 5-0-1 to have the staff amend the ordinance and bring it back to the council at a later meeting for possible adoption.