By Sarrah Peters
The City of Gadsden’s Public Works Department has kicked off the spring with its grass cutting program.
Due to the early warm weather this year, grass cutting began in March. Typically, grass cutting season will last until about October. The 12 grass cutting crews consist of 55 employees that cut city-owned property including medians, parks, community center lawns and more. This year, the program has assigned each of the seven city districts a smaller crew to keep up with demand.
Additionally, the City of Gadsden is trying to inform the public about where the city can cut the grass.
According to a recent press release, “The Public Works Department works hard to keep Gadsden beautiful and well maintained, and we need your help to keep Gadsden looking its best.”
Property owners have the responsibility of mowing their own grass.
“A homeowner is responsible for everything up to the road,” said Ty Jackson, Environmental Services Manager.
The city hopes to remind homeowners to mow the ditches, alleys, right of ways and the park strip between sidewalk and gutter in front of their properties. Public Works can not cut grass on private property.
If property owners fail to keep the grass cut, and grass, weeds and vegetation are 12 inches or taller, neighbors may file a complaint with the City of Gadsden. Property owners will be notified of the complaint and required to alleviate the problem. If the grass remains uncut, Public Works will cut the grass; however, the property owners will be charged for the service. If the owner does not pay, a lien will be placed on the property. To report a lawn that has become a nuisance, contact John Ashley of the Community Development Department at 256-549-4537.
For more information on grass cutting, contact the Public Works department at 256-549-4704.