(Atlantic) Lawn mowers have been working overtime this spring trying to keep up with the fast growing grass. And then there are those abandoned homes where the grass hasn’t been mowed a first time… and it is irritating the neighbors. Atlantic City Administrator Doug Harris addressed that issue at the City Council meeting Wednesday night.
“We don’t even send notices until the grass is a foot high,” stated Harris. “By the time they get the notice we give them a few days and by the time it is abated and we get out there to mow it is a jungle, and understandably people are upset.”
Harris says there might be a better way to enforce this nuisance.
“In some Cities when the grass gets to be a foot tall it is like speeding, you get a ticket, theres’ a fine,” said Harris. “And after X-amount of days after that the fine increases. So there are other approaches and that may be something the council would like to talk about.”
Harris says taxpayers are paying a lot of money to mail nuisance notices out and he would like the City Council to think of a better way to enforce these nuisances.
June 6, 2013