Feedback: Watertown Sees More Than The Usual Number Of Lawn Complaints
The complaints about tall grass keep coming in.
All together, more than a 100 tall grass complaints have gone out in the last week and a half.
Compare that to the three or four complaints that are typically issued each week this time of year.
When complaints go out, homeowners have five days to mow before the city comes out and takes care of it.
It costs $150 just for the city to show up and even more once they begin mowing.
"If it's knee deep, it could take DPW three or four hours to mow and the bill could be three or four hundred dollars or more," said Shawn McWayne of the city's code enforcement office.
According to landscapers we spoke with, it's not because the grass is growing faster than usual.
They say the grass may have begun growing earlier, but not necessarily faster.
"I think really it just the warm March got the grass started earlier and really it's just about three weeks ahead of the maturation process," said Darren Hilts of Darren Hilts Mowing, Hauling and Property Services.
It's unclear why so many complaints have gone out this year, but what is clear is that grass over eight inches tall is considered a violation.
Wednesday, June 19, 2013, Watertown, NY
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