Hobart council OKs ordinance on unkempt lawns

2013-07-04T20:45:00Z 2013-07-04T21:48:13Z Hobart council OKs ordinance on unkempt lawnsDeborah Laverty deborah.laverty@nwi.com, (219) 762-1397, ext. 2223 nwitimes.com

HOBART | Property owners with unkempt lawns will receive less notification and pay more for city services under a revised ordinance approved by the City Council.

The city's revised ordinance on maintenance of high grass and weeds reflects the new state law, Hobart Building Officials Mike Hannigan said.

"The state law has changed to allow us to mail one certified letter, then we can continue to mow by posting a notice at the house. It will save us time and the city money," Hannigan said.

The cost of mowing unkempt lawns also has increased this summer to $30 per hour for the now in-house service, Hannigan said.

That's because cleanup of unkempt yards is a joint effort involving more time and effort by city employees from code enforcement as well as building and street departments.

In addition to paying for the city cleanup services, which can be several hundred dollars, property owners can also be ticketed by code enforcement, Clerk-Treasurer Deborah Longer said.

Under the city's ordinance, unkempt is defined as when a lawn remains uncut after reaching 6 inches.

In unrelated business, the City Council also approved changing the part-time status of the Fire Department's secretary to full-time.

Terry Norman, a retired firefighter with 30 years experience, will be moved up to full time.

Former Fire Chief Taylor said the city is getting an individual with decades of knowledge, ability and skill.

"He comes in and works 38 to 40 hours for 26 hours pay," Taylor said.

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