Article 1. Health Nuisance
Weeds & grass thrown, left or deposited upon any street, street gutter, avenue, alley, sidewalk, park, public or private enclosure or lot whether vacant or occupied is a violation of City ordinance- section 8-101.
Here are a few reasons that I hope help members of our community better understand why its important that we address this fast growing problem. Last summer leaving weeds & grass in the streets after mowing your property was not a concern. This year the amount of people leaving large amounts of weeds & grass in the streets is an issue.
If you would like to see the start of this problem please drive down the south end of Plainville on HWY 183 & take a look at the storm sewer grates. They are accumulating large amounts of weeds & grass on the top of them. Here are the potential problems this can cause:
1.) The weeds & grass after mowing which are (not properly disposed of) left, thrown or deposited into our street gutters, get washed down to the storm sewer grates. Eventually, it starts collecting (Hwy 183 grates) on top of these grates blocking water from properly draining into the storm sewer pipes. At this point water cannot go where its meant to go causing the streets to start flooding. Once the streets are full the water will work its way back to your yard & unfortunately next is your house.
2.) The seeds from the weeds & grass work their way into the cracks of the street & curb causing an overgrowth where it doesn't belong.
There are ways to prevent these issues after mowing:
a.) Bag your grass as you mow
b.) Sweep street gutters after mowing
c.) Turn mower to blow grass back into your yard but (not your neighbors yard)
d.) If you use a blower to blow clippings up against the curb,you still must sweep up clippings (& not leave them against curb).
Code Enforcement Officer
City of Plainville