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2018-06-13 / News

Grass Growth and Disposal Restrictions in Walton Village

By Melissa Johns

A public hearing was held during the village of Walton board meeting on Monday, June 4 to amend a “Grass, brush and weeds” village code and enforce a new local law.

The new law will restrict village landowners from allowing their grass to grow over seven inches high. Any resident that violates parameters will be subject to possible court fees, according to Local Law Number One of this year.

It’s presumed that this new law will go into effect within the next few weeks, once appropriate paperwork has been filed with the secretary of state, according to Jody Brown, village clerk, treasurer and registrar of vital statistics.

After recent resident debates, Mayor Ed Snow and Trustee Steven Sehen confirmed that it is against the law for post-mowing grass remains to end up on the village streets. Snow asked that residents remain conscious of this and to take the necessary precautions while they mow to prevent any grass from reaching the streets, blocking the drainage grates and causing water back-up.

Village of Walton Code Enforcement Official Stephen Dutcher canvassed the majority of the village in May and found around 29 un-mowed properties. Dutcher said most of those lawns have now been taken care of by property owners, but several still remain uncut.

“Those (lawns) not yet mowed haven’t been mowed by the village yet because we have not had any responses from the ad we put in the paper for lawn mowing contractors,” said Dutcher.

The village is still currently in need of contractors, and anyone interested can contact Stephen Dutcher at the village hall by calling 607-865-4358.

Dutcher then discussed the importance of local business’ maintaining their parking lots every spring.

“New York State maintenance code requires that all sidewalks, walkways, stairs, driveways, parking spaces and similar areas be kept in a proper state of repair, and maintained free from hazardous conditions,” said Dutcher.

He continued, “The crux of the matter with potholes in driveways and parking lots is pedestrian safety,” said Dutcher.

Despite this code, Dutcher said, pothole repair is an issue every year. He went on to say that several notices were recently sent out to businesses due to the condition of their parking lots and that there has been a lack of responses to his requests.

The next village board meeting will be held on Monday, July 2 at 6 p.m. at the village hall on 21 North Street.

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