Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Council Considers Lowering Allowable Height of Grass, Weeds

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Council Considers Lowering Allowable Height of Grass, Weeds

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This year's rainy spring and summer seasons have caused lawn maintenance problems for even the most conscientious property owners who like well-manicured yards.

But the mini-jungles that have sprouted at vacant or abandoned properties have one Whitehall councilman seeing red at the length things go to before the borough orders the tall grass to be cut.

"Let's cut it and worry about getting paid later," Glenn Nagy said, adding that a "small jungle" has taken over the frontage of a vacant Fieldcrest Drive property.

Since the borough bases its property maintenance ordinances on the national code established by the Building Officials and Code Administrators, grass can grow to 11 inches high before a property owner receives a warning or is cited.

It usually takes a neighbor's complaint or a random inspection by one of the borough's code enforcement employees to initiate the process. …

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