Ordinance 2512: Limiting Growth Of Grass / Weeds / Brush To Six Inches

The saying goes ‘the grass is greener on the other side’ but sometimes it grows longer . . . and grows and grows and grows. A proposed law will try to stop yards and lawns from turning into jungles.

Ordinance 2515 will limit the length of grass, weeds, or brush to six inches. At the February 1st Mayor & Council meeting, during its first reading, council discussed the originally proposed length of nine inches but after comments from members of the public and some councilmembers, the limit of unkempt lawns was changed to half-a-foot.

In addition, after a suggestion by resident Dave Robertson, a part of the law that was originally not under consideration was amended to add wording that will have either the Department of Public Works (DPW) or a hired contractor be the responsible agency to trim overgrown lawns or yards. It also explicitly included that the full cost of cleaning up a yard or lawn will be paid by the violator of the ordinance.

The public hearing and vote by the governing body are set for Thursday, February 15, 2018, at the 7 p.m. Mayor & Council meeting located at borough hall.

A copy of the ordinance is included below:

Download RP Ordinance 2512