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Lakewood Eyes Changes to Tall Grass, Weeds Ordinance

If you’re neglecting your lawn, you might have to pay up.

If the city of Lakewood mows the lawn of a negligent property owner, the price may be going up.

Under current ordinance, the city charges $100 per hour to visit a property with out-of-control vegetation.   

But a proposed change, introduced to on Monday, would increase the fee to $200 per visit or the actual cost of the visit — whichever is higher. 

“When a property owners is put on notice that they’ve haven’t cut their grass, we give them time to mow their lawn,” said Lakewood Law Director Kevin Butler. “When they don’t, we have the option to send in a crew to cut the grass, and we can charge the owner.”

In a letter to city council, Jennifer Pae, the , said that the change would “eliminate the imposition of minimum defined costs of abatement in favor of actual costs.”

Dru Siley, the city’s director of planning and development — who also oversees the city’s building and housing department — said that city spends about $200 per visit on average.

The change would save the city money, he added.

A tally of the number of such calls in 2011 was not immediately available.

“It’s a big problem for the people who live next door to a house that’s not being maintained,” Siley said. “We want to make sure everybody is being a responsible owner. If not, sometimes we have to step in and take care of it.” 

City council referred the measure to its finance committee for further review.

Christina Cocchiarale Ward May 16, 2012 at 01:21 PM
Bill Craig, WELL SAID!
Bob Smith May 21, 2012 at 03:54 PM
I would love to see a copy of Steve's spreadsheet. I would guess that it uses $4.75 as the minimum wage rate and has a line item related to stupid pit bulls.
Steve May 21, 2012 at 05:14 PM
@Bob, As I stated before, I know plenty of H.S kids that would love a summer job working outdoors, and could easily be paid above minimum wage. I do believe that looking at past post by YOU, that pit bulls are probably smatter than YOU. Thanks for bringing it up. The great state of OHIO, just deemed them not-viscous starting today. Why don't you get your head out of your *ss and just be happy for once in your life? I don't pick on your kids, now do I !!!
Bob Smith May 21, 2012 at 05:47 PM
Steve - Your pigeon English skills are well beyond any state of repair. However, I will still toss out a few pointers: 1) Stop capitalizing words that don't need it. There was no beneifit in emphasizing 'OHIO' as you just did. This makes you sound like a moron. 2) Give spell check a whirl. It will help pick up things like 'smatter'. 3) Stick to the subject. I never made any reference to the viscosity of pit bulls. If you feel that pit bull's fluids are less resistant to shear stress - great. I just don't want to hear about that.
Steve May 21, 2012 at 06:30 PM
@Bob, all points well taken. If you do not want to hear about it, then do not read it and reply with negativity. Your choice. You should try your number 3, after all, you changed the subject to dogs with your comment 'line item related to stupid pit bulls', and I just replied back. At least I offered a solution, you, not so much. Stay on subject.

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