Grass or weeds found growing over ten inches could mean bad news for some city property owners.
The latest ordinance surrounding property within Yazoo City was spearheaded by the city council several weeks ago.
But this is the final warning in an attempt to beautify the city.
“Our city leaders have been on a campaign to clean up our city,” said Russ Carter, building inspector. “In an effort to keep the city clean, we will now be enforcing the new ordinance for tall grass and weeds.”
The new city ordinance states that ten inches is the “maximum allowable height for weeds and grass in the city of Yazoo City.”
The Board of Mayor and Aldermen initiated the ordinance several weeks ago during an open board meeting.
Now, Carter said he is ready to put some teeth into the code.
The code states that property owners are required to cut down and remove all weeds and grass with a height of more than ten inches. Any person failing to cut down the grass or weeds within three days after receiving notice shall be punished.
“There will be citations issued,” Carter warns. “Court appearances may ensue. Fines may follow. I am giving fair warning to everybody that this ordinance goes into effect today.”
Carter applauds the city council on its recent efforts to battle unkempt properties and overgrown lots within the city. The necessary paperwork and legal procedures are now being followed to allow the city to clean-up several parcels.
Over 20 unkempt lots have already been addressed by the city board over the past few months.
The board has also held a few community-wide clean-up days that have proved successful.
“During our last clean-up day, we were able to pick up several junk cars,” Carter said. “That is a step in the right direction.”
Carter said the public is also starting to take notice of the city’s efforts.
“Some homeowners are addressing the issue of unkempt lots and the junk cars,” he said. “They are catching onto the idea that we are serious about enforcing our codes to have a clean city.”