Westminster may shorten grace period on grass-cutting


The Westminster City Council is scheduled tomorrow to consider changing its grass-cutting laws to shorten the grace period for property owners to get tall grass cut.

The council will meet at 7 p.m. in City Hall.

Councilman Damian L. Halstad plans to introduce an ordinance that would give a property owner seven days to act after receiving a city notice to mow his grass.

On subsequent offenses, the owner would get just three days to have the property mowed after receiving a notice.

Current law allows 10 days before the city steps in, mows the grass and

bills the owner.

Mr. Halstad, who heads the public improvements committee, recommended the change after investigating a complaint from Middlebrooke homeowner Larry Wiskeman.

Mr. Wiskeman reported in May that Macro Management, owner of the former Middlebrooke Swim Club, had failed to cut grass and weeds around the swimming pool.

Mr. Wiskeman recommended a shorter grace period for property owners to mow their grass after receiving notices from the city, particularly for repeated offenses.

The 10-day period would require an owner to cut his grass just twice a month, he pointed out.

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