CHAPTER 152

GRASS AND WEEDS

152.01  Purpose

152.06  Violation

152.02  Definitions

152.07  Notice

152.03  Cutting Specifications and Standards of Practice

152.08  Failure to Cut Grass

152.04  Uniform Height Specifications

152.09  Additional Violation

152.05  Noxious Weeds

 

152.01    PURPOSE.  The purpose of this chapter is to beautify and preserve the appearance of the City by requiring property owners and occupants to maintain grass lawns at a uniform height within the boundaries of their property and on abutting street right-of-way in order to prevent unsightly, offensive or nuisance conditions.

152.02    DEFINITIONS.  For use in this chapter, the following terms are defined:

1.                  “Curb,” “curb line,” or “curbing” means the outer boundaries of a street at the edge of that portion of the street usually traveled by vehicular traffic.

2.                  “Cut” or “mow” means to mechanically maintain the growth of grass, weeds or brush at a uniform height.

3.                  “Owner” means a person owning private property in the City and any person occupying private property in the City.

4.                  “Parking” means that part of a street in the City not covered by a sidewalk and lying between the lot line or property line and the curb line; or on unpaved streets, that part of the street lying between the lot line or property line and that portion of the street usually traveled by vehicular traffic.

152.03    CUTTING SPECIFICATIONS AND STANDARDS OF PRACTICE. 

1.                  Every owner shall cut, mow, and maintain all grass, weeds, and brush upon the owner’s property and adjacent to the curb line or outer boundary of any street, which includes the parking area abutting the owner’s property, to a uniform height as defined in Section 152.04.

2.                  Every owner shall cut, mow and maintain grass, weeds and brush adjacent to the curb line, including the parking area abutting the owner’s property, in such a manner so as to be in conformity with and at an even height with all other grass, weeds or brush growing on the remainder of the owner’s property.

152.04    UNIFORM HEIGHT SPECIFICATIONS.  Grass, weeds or brush shall be cut, mowed and maintained so as not to exceed the following height specifications:

1.                  Developed Residential Areas – not to exceed eight inches (8").

2.                  Undeveloped Residential Areas – not to exceed eight inches (8").

3.                  Business and Industrial Areas – not to exceed eight inches (8").

4.                  Agriculture Areas – not to exceed fifteen inches (15").

Grass, weeds and brush which are allowed to grow in excess of the above specified limitations are deemed to be violations of this chapter.

152.05    NOXIOUS WEEDS.

1.                  Every owner shall cut and control noxious weeds upon the owner’s property and adjacent to the curb line or outer boundary of any street, which includes the parking area abutting the owner’s property, by cutting noxious weeds to ground level or use of herbicides to eliminate or eradicate such weeds.

2.                  Noxious weeds include any weed growth or plant designed as noxious by the State Department of Natural Resources rules and regulations or by the Code of Iowa.

152.06    VIOLATION.  Upon a determination, by visual observation and measurement, that a violation of this chapter has occurred, the City will send written notice by certified mail or have the landowner personally served by the Chief of Police informing said owner of the problem and the action that is to be taken.

152.07    NOTICE.  The notice will set forth that the property owner has seven (7) days from the date of the notice to have the grass cut so that the height conforms with this chapter.  The notice will set forth the address of the property in question and will instruct the landowner that this notice constitutes notice for the balance of the summer and that further action will be taken by the City to remedy the problem if it occurs again on the same property without additional written notice being given.

152.08    FAILURE TO CUT GRASS.  If any such owner, who has been sent notice, fails to cut the grass on said owner’s property as set forth in the notice so that it conforms with this chapter within the time period set forth in the notice, the designated municipal officer will instruct the Department of Public Works or contract with a third party to mow the grass so that the property conforms with this chapter.  The cost of this action will be assessed against the property.  The fee for this service will be set by resolution.

152.09    ADDITIONAL VIOLATION.  Any landowner who violates this chapter will be given one notice per summer and the City will be authorized to respond to additional violations without additional written notice being given.