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Cudahy Steps Up Efforts to Weed out Unsightly Lawns

June 4, 2009

The City of Cudahy plans to conduct a sweep next week to locate and take action on properties not in compliance with the city’s housing/property maintenance code, specifically unkempt lawns. Officials are warning negligent owners to mow their grass now before the sweep begins.

 

Property owners are expected to keep their grass trimmed below six inches in height, not including gardens.

 

“The vast majority of residents appreciate how maintained lawns improve the quality of life in Cudahy,” said Mayor Ryan McCue. “Ultimately we would like to see 100 percent compliance.”

 

The Department of Public Works (DPW) follows up on complaints made to the Inspection Department. In the past, DPW workers followed up during regular business hours which, according to McCue, took them away from projects that benefit the whole community. Now, overtime hours will be used whenever crews must visit addresses reported to be in code violation. Negligent property owners will be billed for the cost.

 

Cudahy Community Service Officers (CSOs) will also look out for unsightly lawns as part of their duties enforcing parking regulations and checking for nuisance vehicles.

 

Residents are advised to call the Cudahy Inspection Department to report properties in violation of the housing/property maintenance code. The phone number is (414) 769-2211.

 

According to Municipal Code Section 19.15, the growth of grass or weeds in excess of six inches in height not constituting a garden, shall be considered a violation of the maintenance provisions of the section. A garden is defined as a limited area devoted to flower, vegetable or fruit plants or bushes.

 

If a property owner does not cut his or her lawn within five days after the inspector issues an order, the inspector fills out a work order with the DPW to have it cut. The overtime rate is as follows:

 

• Hand mowing: $100.00 per hour + $60.00 service fee (minimum charge $160.00)

• Tractor mowing: $156.00 per hour + $60.00 service fee (minimum charge $216.00)

• Combination of hand & tractor mowing: assessed per hour for each + $60.00 service fee

 

Meantime, new efforts are being taken to improve Cudahy's appearance city-wide. From new banners and flower baskets on light poles to tidier, more vibrant flower beds along the sidewalk, residents and visitors should notice a better-maintained Cudahy this summer.

 

The city has hired landscaping firm Kujawa Enterprises Inc. (KEI) to hang and maintain new flower baskets along Packard Avenue. KEI will also take care of landscaping on public parkways throughout the city including mowing, trimming, planting and weeding.

 

“These improvements are long overdue,” Mayor McCue said. “Past budget cuts and layoffs in the DPW have prevented us from keeping up with these much-needed maintenance projects that directly affect the image of Cudahy.”

 

The city estimates that using KEI will save the DPW $40,000 to $50,000 in overtime and equipment costs.

 

 

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