Portion of Michigan pasture mowed in weed dispute - WNEM TV 5

Portion of Michigan pasture mowed in weed dispute

FRANKENLUST TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) - A portion of pasture that a Michigan woman was preparing for two horses has been mowed amid a dispute over whether the field was overgrown with weeds.

Kimberly Hackett tells Booth News Service that part of the 10-acre field in Bay County's Frankenlust Township was destroyed. Hackett says she was preparing the field by using a process that leaves it untouched by pesticides, mowing or traffic for a year.

Officials say they were adhering to a township weed ordinance.

Jim Begick, the township's weed commissioner, had the field mowed back 165 feet from the road last week and charged Haskett $110 for the two-hour service. He says the pasture located near Bay City, about 90 miles northwest of Detroit, wasn't ruined.

Hackett says she won't pay.

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