People in the City of Marion say when they see a home that’s abandoned and boarded up, it usually means no one’s cutting the grass,
“It’s awful I wish that they would do more,” said Marion resident Karen Birdsong.
She’s looking at knee-to-thigh grass at an abandoned property across the street from her and feels someone should mow it.
She and others know high grass and weeds means they have to deal with trash and other issues.
“You got mice, you got opossum, raccoons, you got mosquitoes, you got whatever living over there,” said Birdsong.
Her brother Mark Ervin added, “It’s an eyesore for one thing. It’s just pretty bad over there and it’s just like that all over Marion.”
It’s an issue the City know it has.
“We have almost 300 properties that we’ve had complaints on,” said Tom Robbins who is Marion’s Director of Public Safety
Robbins said this is the city’s first year managing the overgrown lawns, and they can only mow so many yards a day.
“We think we can clearly do 4 to 5 a day and do them correctly,” said Robbins.
Lawn crews were able to make it to some properties today because the weather cooperated.
Robbins said the city has addressed more than 100 of those complaints.
He added the new city ordinance allowed them to lower the level of excessive grass and weeds from twelve inches to six inches which allows residents to report it quicker.
That quick reporting helps them get to the issue before the grass grows out of control.
“It’s a quality of life issue especially in these neighborhoods, and that’s what we’re trying to address,” said Robbins.
The city’s new ordinance also allows the public safety director to impose a fourth-degree misdemeanor for those who don’t keep their yards mowed.