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See, Click, Fix: Mowing fees piling up

Too many people are leaving their lawn care up to the City of Huntsville. (Source: WAFF) Too many people are leaving their lawn care up to the City of Huntsville. (Source: WAFF)
HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) -

Too many people are leaving their lawn care up to the City of Huntsville. Yet, the City is not in the grass cutting business at least until the summer rolls around. 

"Yes, we will cut the grass when the owner doesn't. It is the owner's responsibility, but for a variety of reasons sometimes it's not cut in a timely manner. So, the city will come in and cut it," said Huntsville Planning Director Michelle Jordan. 

Jordan said the city steps in to keep the peace among neighbors. 

"We don't want residents to suffer. We do it as our responsibility to keeping neighborhoods stable and making sure everyone has a great quality of life," said Jordan.  

The complaints come in daily on our website under SeeClickFix. 

Before and after photos document the city's work at an overgrown property on O'Shaughnessy Avenue. It's just enough to build a case against the homeowner and recoup taxpayer dollars said Jordan.

"We have about 41 properties that we will be asking council their approval to assess the property owners, and that's pretty regular during the summer months," Jordan said.  

The amount depends on the size of the yard and the grass height. Jordan said the cost is in the $200 range.

The city will notify you once the grass reaches eight inches with a 14-day notice. 

"You can imagine that additional 14 days the grass is still growing, by the time we get out there the neighbors have suffered enough," said Jordan.  

The city said they will continue to enforce the ordinance under state law. 

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