COMPOST & YARD WASTE
WEED, GRASS AND OTHER VEGETATION
- Definition. As used in this subsection, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
Noxious weeds shall mean the weeds defined in W.S.A. 66.0407, which is hereby adopted and made part of this article, and shall also include common ragweed, giant ragweed, burdock or any other weeds or vegetation, or any combination thereof, allowed to grow to a height of eight inches for developed lots, and twelve inches for undeveloped lots.
Developed lot shall be defined as a lot with a finished building or building under construction.
Undeveloped lot shall mean a vacant lot with no structure on it.
- This subsection is adopted due to the unique nature of the problems associated with lawns, grasses, and noxious weeds being allowed to grow to excessive length in the Village.
- Grass, weeds and/or leaves not to be deposited in streets. No person shall cause to be deposited grass, weeds and/or leaves from his or her premises onto any street in the Village.
- Public nuisance is declared when lawns, grasses, and noxious weeds exceed eight inches on developed lots and twelve inches on undeveloped lots. Exceeding the identified lengths adversely affects the public health and safety in the following manner; (a) tend to cause blight to developed areas; (b) permits breeding areas for obnoxious insects and allows for the concealing of vermin; (c) emits pollen and other discomforting bits of plants; (d) constitutes a fire hazard and a safety hazard in that debris can be hidden in the grass; (e) interferes with the public for convenience and; (f) adversely affects property values of other land within the Village. For that reason, any lawn, grass or weed on a lot or other parcel of land (to include ditch line or from edge of pavement to rear and side property line) that exceeds the lengths identified in this paragraph is hereby declared to be a public nuisance, except for undeveloped property not served by water and sewer, wooded areas or tree lines where distance between trees effectively prevents mowing, hilly areas with severe slopes that would prevent safe mowing, property that is zoned agriculture, or property located in a designated floodplain area and/or wetland area.
- Nuisances are prohibited. No person, firm or corporation of any lot or parcel shall allow such property to become overgrown with any noxious weeds, grass or other vegetation so as to constitute a public nuisance, as defined in item four above.
- The Director of Public Works shall serve as the Weed Commissioner and have the powers and duties as outlined in W.S.A. 66.0517, except that the Director shall receive no compensation for this service other than his regular salary.
- Abatement of Nuisance. If the Weed Commissioner shall determine with reasonable certainty that any public nuisance as defined in item four of this subsection exists, he or she shall immediately cause written notice to be served that the Village proposes to have the parcel with weeds, grass or vegetation cut so as to conform to this subsection.
If a parcel or property owner fails to control the growth of such weeds, grass or vegetation on his property, the Weed Commissioner shall serve upon him a notice as to this fact. If such owner fails to abate this nuisance within five calendar days after the service of the notice by Certified Mail, the Weed Commissioner shall take action to abate such public nuisance. Should the service by Certified Mail be refused or be unclaimed, the Weed Commissioner shall take action to abate such public nuisance.
8. Village’s option to abate nuisance. In any case where the owner, occupant or person in charge of the property shall fail to cut his or her weeds, grass or vegetation as set forth above, then in that event the Village may elect to cut said weeds, grass and vegetation as follows:
- The written notice required in item seven of this subsection shall inform said person that in the event of his or her failure to abate the nuisance within the prescribed time, the Village shall abate the same and the cost thereof shall be assessed to the property owner as a special charge.
- The Village shall cut or cause to be cut all weeds, grass and vegetation from the Subject’s property and shall charge the expenses of so doing at a rate as provided in Chapter 102, Fees and Penalties.
- Each property owner will be assessed a flat fee of $125 per parcel and an administrative service charge of $50 per parcel, in addition to a fee for equipment and labor per parcel.
- The Village will assess a fee for all equipment and labor used on the project per parcel. There will be a 1 hour minimum charge per parcel. Any work completed after one hour will be invoiced in half hour increments. Fees applied are: