Who cuts messy lawns?
This is a question frequently asked by residents but nonetheless and important one worth rehashing.
About a month ago, Sandusky fire Chief Paul Ricci provided answers for a similar question pertaining to Sandusky-based properties:
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 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."