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SeeClickFix: Pleading for curb appeal outside city limits

The county administrator's office plans to investigate the matter to see if the junk ordinance has been violated. (Source: WAFF) The county administrator's office plans to investigate the matter to see if the junk ordinance has been violated. (Source: WAFF)
HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) -

Overgrown grass and litter are not enforced the same for people living outside city limits.

One Madison County homeowner wants nothing more than his neighbors to clean up their act. 

The house sitting just outside city limits in Madison County is covered with high grass from all four corners. 

"In the back, it's probably four to five or even six feet tall. In the front, I'll say three and a half to four feet," said Dan Robbins. 

Dan Robbins lives just down the street in the subdivision off of Winchester Road.

Robbins says the overgrown grass and junk takes away from the curb appeal that he has built in his home for more than 30 years. 

The idea of fixing the problem is not so easy according to Madison County Commissioner Roger Jones who says his hands may be
tied. 

"If they're not in the junk car business then they cannot leave junk cars in their yard. I can make them clean that up or old furniture, refrigerators, deep freezers such as that we can enforce, but as far as cutting grass we can't," Jones said. 

Jones noted the high grass is obvious, but unlike the city, the county is limited to a large degree with some exceptions including a $150 fine for junk and litter. 

"We'll send a citation. They'll have 30 days to clean it up. If they don't clean it up. We can fine them and that depends on what they got out there," Jones said. 

Jones says there are beautiful lawns in his district, yet some people fail to upkeep their home's landscape.

Jones suggest live in a newer subdivision where curb appeal is enforced by homeowner's association. 

Yet, Robbins has no intentions of moving.

He insists everyone maintains their yard one way or another. 

"If I was in a position that I couldn't maintain it myself, I'll have somebody come in and do it for me every couple of weeks or every week," Robbins said.  

The county administrator's office plans to investigate the matter to see if the junk ordinance has been violated. 

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