Jefferson City on track to issue record tall-grass citations

3 years 3 months 1 week ago Saturday, July 11 2015 Jul 11, 2015 Saturday, July 11, 2015 3:24:00 PM CDT July 11, 2015 in News
By: James Packard, KOMU 8 Reporter
loading

JEFFERSON CITY - Jefferson City residents played catch-up Saturday, cutting fast-growing grass in order to avoid citations.

City officials said Friday heavy rains in the area have put them on track to issue a record number of grass-height violations.

Jefferson City ordinance says weeds and grass that grow longer than 12 inches must be removed. Residents who don't meet that requirement are given a citation, according to Department of Planning & Protective Services Director Janice McMillan. 

If residents do not comply with the 12-inch rule, the city gives the violator five days to cut the grass. According to McMillan, if the grass is not cut within five days, the city hires a contractor to do so, at the expense of a tax lien on the property. 

Jefferson City resident Rusty Thomas said he's noticed a change in how fast his own grass is growing.

"You can mow it every five days if you want to," he said. "We've had more rain and the grass is growing more. A lot of times by this time of the year it's starting to go dormant because it's been so hot."

According to city documents, Jefferson City issued 19 citations for tall grass in April, 146 in May and 125 in June.

McMillan said the city issued 468 tall grass or weed citations in all of 2014. As of Saturday, the city pursued 290 cases of tall grass or weeds. McMillan said at that rate, the city could process around 800 violations in 2015, a record number.

Thomas said despite the numbers, he thinks the city gives a lot of lee-way.

"From what I've seen they're pretty lenient, they let it get pretty tall before they actually put their stick in the yard," he said.

KOMU 8 Weathercaster Sydney Jackson said the amount of rainfall mid-Missouri has seen in 2015 is abnormal. Jackson said mid-Missouri saw 7.52 inches of rain in June, making it the wettest June in more than 30 years.

She said the area had already seen 2.74 inches of rain in July, well above normal.

Thomas said despite all the rain, he was able to find enough dry time to cut the grass Saturday.

For more information about Jefferson City's grass and weed ordinance, you can read the "Weeds" section of City Code chapter 21.

 

 

 

More News

Grid
List
MEXICO - October is domestic violence awareness month and businesses across Mexico are showing their support for survivors by decorating... More >>
1 hour ago Thursday, October 18 2018 Oct 18, 2018 Thursday, October 18, 2018 6:02:00 PM CDT October 18, 2018 in News
ST. LOUIS - Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill and her Republican opponent, Josh Hawley, are hoping for a debate win tonight... More >>
2 hours ago Thursday, October 18 2018 Oct 18, 2018 Thursday, October 18, 2018 5:43:00 PM CDT October 18, 2018 in News
KANSAS CITY, Kan. — The Latest on the trial of two maintenance workers charged with misleading investigators after a 10-year-old... More >>
2 hours ago Thursday, October 18 2018 Oct 18, 2018 Thursday, October 18, 2018 5:09:00 PM CDT October 18, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - Hundreds of people gathered for the grand opening of CenterPointe Hospital on International Drive Thursday. Governor Mike... More >>
4 hours ago Thursday, October 18 2018 Oct 18, 2018 Thursday, October 18, 2018 3:42:00 PM CDT October 18, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - The influence of lower prices and convenience are affecting the way millennials approach primary care, according to... More >>
4 hours ago Thursday, October 18 2018 Oct 18, 2018 Thursday, October 18, 2018 3:38:00 PM CDT October 18, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - MU honored Dr. George Smith, the first Nobel Prize winner in university history, with a reserved space to... More >>
4 hours ago Thursday, October 18 2018 Oct 18, 2018 Thursday, October 18, 2018 3:30:00 PM CDT October 18, 2018 in News
MOBERLY - Police arrested a man Wednesday after a search warrant led to finding five gallon-sized bags of marijuana. ... More >>
4 hours ago Thursday, October 18 2018 Oct 18, 2018 Thursday, October 18, 2018 3:08:00 PM CDT October 18, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - State House of Representative candidates talked public transportation and education, amongst other things, at a disability issues forum... More >>
5 hours ago Thursday, October 18 2018 Oct 18, 2018 Thursday, October 18, 2018 2:00:00 PM CDT October 18, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - Officers have arrested one man after a home invasion Wednesday night, but are still looking for a second... More >>
5 hours ago Thursday, October 18 2018 Oct 18, 2018 Thursday, October 18, 2018 1:58:00 PM CDT October 18, 2018 in News
KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — Jurors on Thursday began deliberating the case of two Kansas water park maintenance workers accused... More >>
7 hours ago Thursday, October 18 2018 Oct 18, 2018 Thursday, October 18, 2018 12:39:00 PM CDT October 18, 2018 in News
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Authorities say a man who was in a wheelchair has been found dead in a... More >>
8 hours ago Thursday, October 18 2018 Oct 18, 2018 Thursday, October 18, 2018 10:52:34 AM CDT October 18, 2018 in News
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Authorities say a St. Louis police officer has shot and wounded a suspect during a struggle... More >>
8 hours ago Thursday, October 18 2018 Oct 18, 2018 Thursday, October 18, 2018 10:48:28 AM CDT October 18, 2018 in News
HOUSE SPRINGS, Mo. (AP) — Authorities say it appears that a man was killed after his car fell on top... More >>
9 hours ago Thursday, October 18 2018 Oct 18, 2018 Thursday, October 18, 2018 10:35:41 AM CDT October 18, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA – The National Rifle Association is backing Republican Senate candidate Josh Hawley while claiming Senator Claire McCaskill will take... More >>
9 hours ago Thursday, October 18 2018 Oct 18, 2018 Thursday, October 18, 2018 9:54:00 AM CDT October 18, 2018 in Target 8
(CNN) -- The former head of USA Gymnastics has been accused of removing documents linked to the Larry Nassar sexual... More >>
10 hours ago Thursday, October 18 2018 Oct 18, 2018 Thursday, October 18, 2018 8:56:00 AM CDT October 18, 2018 in News
LAKE OF THE OZARKS - A 78-year-old Fenton man drowned Wednesday afternoon at Lake of the Ozarks. The incident... More >>
12 hours ago Thursday, October 18 2018 Oct 18, 2018 Thursday, October 18, 2018 7:39:00 AM CDT October 18, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - Centerpointe Hospital is opening a new location on International Drive in Columbia. The Tennessee-based company has one... More >>
12 hours ago Thursday, October 18 2018 Oct 18, 2018 Thursday, October 18, 2018 6:55:00 AM CDT October 18, 2018 in News
(CNN) -- Facebook has set up a "war room" at its California headquarters as part of its plans to avoid... More >>
13 hours ago Thursday, October 18 2018 Oct 18, 2018 Thursday, October 18, 2018 6:32:00 AM CDT October 18, 2018 in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 57°
8pm 51°
9pm 50°
10pm 48°
11pm 47°