Weeds - How High Is Too High?

By: Laurabree Austin
By: Laurabree Austin

Its common courtesy for neighbors to keep their lawns mowed and cities often require it. People who live in hurricane aren't supposed to let their grass grow taller than 10 inches high.

One resident who can't understand why he's still looking at weeds as tall as he is

Jennings Hamilton and his wife have lived here on western hills since 1999. They knew this open field was here, but they say it gets mowed twice a year and that's not enough.

Jennings points out, “I don't call when the weeds are 10 inches, I call when they're three foot high, I try to be reasonable. If I call when they're three foot, then they'll be five foot by the time I get them cut.”

Hamilton says he's tired of hearing it will get cut, he just wants it done. “As a taxpayer in this city I have a right not to have weeds this high.”

Ben Newhouse, Hurricane City Manager says, “The mayor and I just recently had a conversation about this instance so, he's told the individuals we'll get it cut, we'll get it cut, we'll get it cut and nothings been done so it's probably time to take steps to rectify it sooner in that instance.”

Hamilton comments, “There's a procedure that they refuse to follow with this property owner. Why do they refuse to follow the procedure, no one is supposed to be above the law.”

The grass in front of the overgrown area is maintained by the Hamiltons, but technically it's not their property. They keep it mowed because they don't want to look at it and to keep up a weed buffer against their maintained lawn.

The Hamiltons are doing what they can, but believe the city should be doing more.

The owners of the overgrown property don't live on that land and we weren't able to track them down.

Hurricane's City Council voted this week to start billing property owners for the cost of clean up.
If situations still don't get resolved, the City can even put a lien on the property.

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