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Spring brings warmer weather, and warmer weather brings the emergence of a variety of vegetation, and that, unfortunately, can include unwanted weeds. Meanwhile, spring also is the start of yard-sale season and the appearance of yard-sale signs that come with it.
When it comes to weeds and signs, there are some city ordinances Roswell citizens should be aware of.
City crews will be making their rounds about town regularly mowing down weeds on city properties, and the city is asking for citizens’ help in controlling weeds on their own properties, as well as along fence lines, sidewalks and in alleyways that border their properties. By ordinance, weeds on a person’s property cannot be in excess of 12 inches tall. Property owners who are in violation will be given 10 days from when notified to fix the violation. Those who do not take appropriate action may receive a citation that will have to be handled in Municipal Court and can result in a fine of up to $500. If the city chooses to clear the weeds on a property where the owner has not rectified the violation, a lien could be placed on the property for the costs incurred by the city.
The public is asked to notify the city’s Code Enforcement Office (637-6280) of any properties they see that may need to be addressed regarding weeds. Also, any questions regarding the weed ordinance can be addressed by calling that number.
The city reminds residents that a permit is required for yard sales (or garage sales, or whatever someone may call a similar event). Permits may be obtained free of charge at the Code Enforcement Office at 421 N. Richardson Ave. Yard-sale signs can be placed or posted on private property (with the permission of the owner), but are not allowed to be placed or posted on public property such as on the street or sidewalk, street median, street signs, utility poles, trees or any public building or other public structure. Violations of this ordinance – which Code Enforcement will be very actively enforcing – can result in a fine of up to $500.
In the past, illegally placed signs have blown away to litter the neighborhood or have simply been abandoned after the yard sale, quickly turning into trash. In some instances, signs that were placed in a right-of-way have been blamed for creating a distraction that led to a vehicle accident. Residents who legally place signs on private property are asked to remove the signs promptly after the sale.
The city thanks the public for its assistance in keeping the community clean and looking good through adherence to the weed and sign ordinances.