Looking to combat the high number of overgrown lawns in the county that have ‘sprung up’ with the high number of foreclosed homes, the Board of Supervisors approved an ordinance on September 8th that will give the county more authority to cut tall grass. It applies to homes on lots smaller than a half acre, when grass is taller than 12 inches; the county will issue a warning first, and then send out crews to mow the lawn. Owners are then billed for the work. Supervisors still need to set up a system to recoup those bills that go unpaid; they are considering including the mowing cost on the homeowner’s county tax bill.
A temporary emergency ordinance to do so had been passed by supervisors in July, and was set to expire this week, prompting their action to make the ordinance permanent.