Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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May 10, 2013

Charleston sends warnings for uncut lawns

CHARLESTON — The city of Charleston wants to cut down on the number of property owners whose yards have high grass.

The Charleston building department has sent more than 260 letters warning residents to mow their lawns or face a fine. Most letters went to owners on the West Side, Building Commissioner Tony Harmon told the Charleston Daily Mail.

City code says grass must be cut when it exceeds 10 inches. Harmon said high grass creates a health hazard because rodents and other pests can hide in the grass and move into other yards and homes.

The letters give property owners five days to mow. Those who don’t comply face $100 fines. The fines increase every five days. The maximum is $500.

Harmon said public grounds crews are forced to cut some lots because property owners cannot be located or refuse to address the situation or pay the fines.

Harmon speculated the reason for the higher amount of warning letters compared with the same period last year is that colder weather lasted longer this year, forcing property owners to postpone lawn cutting.

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