Poll: Are Unkempt Lawns A Problem in Ballwin?

With drought a factor in this summer's landscaping routine, how much do you think an unruly lawn has been an issue?

At last week's Ballwin Board of Aldermen meeting, Alderman Mark Harder submitted a push to .

Harder proposed seeking after Chesterfield's ordinance as one to imitate and added that the lack of a manicured landscape was a "pet peeve" for him.

What do you think? Have you seen a problem with maintenance of properties in the Ballwin area? Has the drought kept your lawn too short? Tell Patch in the poll! 

Ron Markland August 30, 2012 at 06:18 PM
Its only a problem when its the home next to yours, which also happens to be in foreclosure, and the maintenance is being ignored. This modification will not be a problem for the homeowner taking care of their property, only the absentee caretakers who do not wish to spend any funds maintaining the property.
Michael Rhodes August 30, 2012 at 07:49 PM
The issue I have is with the 4 day time frame. Seems to short. I think a homeowner should have 10 business days to respond/handle the situation. That would limit the possibility of someone on vacation getting hit with a fine or charged for mowing/weeding for not responding in four days. I would also like the notice to be sent through a trackable method so a homeowner can not say they didn't get it.
Tired of waste August 30, 2012 at 09:26 PM
I think what is being talked about is shortening the first 10 days of the warning period so the second 5 day warning period can start before any fines or city cutting the grass and placing a lean on the property. This only will be a problem of about 1-2% of the residents of Ballwin who don't take care of their property in a timely manor. Like bank owned properties who don;t care what the property looks like and renters. I like the idea....
Michael Rhodes August 31, 2012 at 03:04 AM
Agree, unless I am in the 1 or 2%. From reading the articles it states a notice would be either mailed or posted to the door with a hearing four days later. I do not know what type of hearing that is. Failure to show up generally results in fines and a default judgement. If it is in a court there could also be a contempt charge added. All for being on vacation. I think their needs to more time between the first notice and the hearing. Once the hearing is held then I think the time frame can be shorted to say 7 days to correct the issue before the city sends out someone to mow. I understand the desire to clean up an un-mowed lawn. Waiting an extra 5 days is not going to a major hinderance.
Ron Markland August 31, 2012 at 02:28 PM
Sec. 29-1. - Weeds and vegetation to be cut and removed. No owner of a contiguous tract of land of three acres or less within the confines of the city shall allow weeds, grass and/or similar vegetation to grow thereon, or upon a right-of-way adjoining such tract, to a height in excess of six inches. If you have to wait for it to be 6 inches tall prior to reporting, just imagine how much taller it will be 2 or 3 weeks later! That is the real issue. Now the grass is 12 inches tall and the city finally cuts it. Waiting an extra five days will add another couple of inches, That is what Alderman Harder I believe has in mind. Also if you live next door to this home what would you want done?
Michael Rhodes September 03, 2012 at 12:20 AM
I read Harder's comments again and he started out with that it can be 10 days after a complaint is issued even before the city gets out to inspect and issue the notice. Sounds like that is the first issue. If height is the issue than look at changing that requirement to allow reporting earlier. I still hold that four days to respond to a notice is not a resonable amount of time for a home owner. We should not remove a citizens right to due process just speed up the process.


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