I recently made an inquiry to the city administrator about the tall weeds and grass that are growing in many of the city's parks and rights of way, and why they were not being mowed. She told me that, due to budget restraints, the city was letting these area "return to their natural state".
This is disturbing for a number of reasons - let alone being unattractive - if the weeds and grass are allowed to grow, this will foster an ideal situation for fleas, ticks, mosquitoes and other disease-carrying insects to multiply. Furthermore, these are ideal habitats for attracting a larger number of wild animals into these areas that are near residential areas.
The city administrator might claim this is a cost-cutting measure. I view it as a real health hazard. Since the current administration eliminated the animal control officer, the residents are pretty much on their own if they have an issue with a skunk or raccoon. (Remember, the police staffing has been cut, so animal issues will be lower priority.)
If the city continues to pursue this "natural state" policy, I have two questions:
1) Can I, as a resident, ignore the city weed ordinance and allow the grass on my property to grow wild - or as the city administrator put it - "in its natural state," or will I be cited?
2) Will the city be using the general fund money that could have gone to public property maintenance and weed control for other projects such as tearing down a recently purchased building that has no immediate purpose?