Who mows overgrown lawns on vacant properties?
We sent this question, along with other related ones, to Sandusky fire Chief Paul Ricci, who oversees city-based nuisance complaints.
Q: Who pays to mow lawns on vacant city properties?
A: The city of Sandusky initially pays all costs to cut grass. This cost is billed to the owner of the property, if there is one. If the bank owns the property, they get the bill.
Q: Who pays to mow lawns where there is an actual owner present?
A: It is the owner who is responsible to comply. If the owner allows the height to become 8 inches or higher, a violation notice is issued by city officials to have the violation corrected. If not corrected, the city abates the nuisance and invoices the owners. If the invoice goes unpaid, then the invoiced amount is placed against a homeowner's taxes.
Q: Who cuts these lawns?
A: Currently, the city is under contract with Goodwill Industries for cutting nuisance properties.
Q: How many condemned residential properties exist in Sandusky?
A: There are currently 39 condemned properties. The owner of the property, whether it's a structure or vacant lot, is obligated to maintain the property
Q: How can I get a vacant lawn mowed?
A: Call the city's code enforcement department by dialing 419-627-5913. This could work, say, for that Warren Street property with overgrown weeds infecting the area. Maybe someone could do that in the comment section below.
Q: How much do city officials charge for overgrown areas?
A: The city's laws states "the property owner ... shall pay all costs associated with the cutting and removal of the noxious weeds and grass together with an administrative fee of $100."
Q: How much have city officials billed in years past for nuisance lawns?
A: About $282,000 from 2008 through 2012, according to city data.