September 14, 2006--Posted at 6:15 p.m. CDT
JONESBORO, AR--It's a jungle out there...Jonesboro Code Enforcement has their hands full as a number of residents aren't maintaining their yards.
"The code calls it a violation to have grass or weeds over 12 inches tall," said Sgt. Steve McDaniel of the Jonesboro Police Department.
The city says it's more of a problem during the warmer months, when the grass grows faster. Not only is it an eyesore to neighbors, it can also present health risks.
"The high grass and weeds cause rodents mosquitoes, snakes and other issues neighbors are going to complain about," said McDaniel.
Unlike other code enforcement violations, the city doesn't issue warnings. They go straight to issuing citations that could put you in court and lead to the city maintaining your yard, at your expense.
"The fines for having the high grass could run $75 for the first offense and $100 for each additional offense," said McDaniel.
If the city is forced to cut your grass, they are going to do it right. They are going to look at the other homes in your neighborhood and if they are well landscaped, they are going to pay a professional to do yours. That could cost in excess of $100. Add that to your previous citations and that is one expensive lawn service.
"The city also adds a $100 administration fee," said McDaniel
When it is all said and done a simple grass cutting could cost you around $400, plus multiple other code violations officers might find when on your property.
"It's likely if the grass got high enough that we got complaints, we are going to find other offenses," said McDaniel.
The city's message is simple...maintain your yard, so we don't have to.