Residents get fined for not cutting grass - WNEM TV 5

Residents get fined for not cutting grass

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A new ordinance in a local village is requiring residents to cut their grass or pay up.

Residents who don't keep their landscape looking nice could pay more than $120.

"People should take care of their property," said Rick Byrd, Mayville resident. "We like living here. Wanna make it look like we like it."

Under a recently passed proposal, residents in the Tuscola County community of Mayville could be forced to pay up big.

The city said it will charge $35 dollars an hour for each worker it sends to cut the grass and about an $82 dollar equipment fee each hour. If two or more workers show up that's more than $150 dollars an hour to cut grass that's 8 inches or longer.

The previous ordinance was 10 inches.

"I don't like to live around a place with tall grass," said Howard Frenzel, Mayville resident.

He stands by the plan and supports his village's president. In fact, everyone TV5 talked to seemed to stand behind the plan, too.

"I think it's fair. If you're negligent on your home, then that's the penalty," Byrd said.

The president of the village said if residents' lawns exceed 8 inches, they'll have to face the consequences.

"Is it excessive to the property owner who let the blight grow. Or excessive to the taxpayer who had to take a loss in mowing it in the first place," said Clare Fryers, village president.

As president Fryers continues to measure lawns and residents said they'll continue to comply.

"It takes us approximately six to eight hours to cut everything, and we do that twice a week," Byrd said.

He has more than 10 acres of land. He cuts his grass about twice per week and urges other residents to do the same.

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