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Coventry residents must cut their grass, or else

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by ABC6 Chief Political reporter Mark Curtis

mcurtis@abc6.com

"Coventry Town officials say the new ordinance should come as no surprise. Because every year they receive hundreds of complaints from neighbors, saying the growth next door is much too high," said ABC Reporter Mark Curtis.

This yard on Read School House Road in Coventry may be the worst offender.

The grass and weeds an eyesore and a nuisance to neighbors.

The Town Council now says homeowners like this must cut it or else.

"We will put a citation upon the property and if the grass is not cut within 10 days, then the town will take action," said Coventry Town Manager Tom Hoover.

The property owner must pay up if the town comes in and cuts the grass.

If the homeowner doesn't pay, a lien could be put on the property.

We spoke to one resident whose lawn was getting pretty tall, and she says the town should mind its own business.

"I don't think it's their responsibility to worry about other people's yards. I think it's just another way to try to get money out of people in the area and they are wondering why more and more people are leaving," said Coventry homeowner Penny Jervis.

So she got her lawn cut, but wasn't happy about the town's actions.

One Council member did vote no, saying the program will actually cost taxpayers more.

"Additional maintenance help to do this, which means hiring another maintenance person for total cost, $55,000 dollars a year," said Town Councilor Greg Laboissonniere.

The lawn cutting mandate applies to businesses and non–profits as well as homes.

ABC 6 Reporter Mark Curtis said, "The bottom line, if you want to avoid the fine, the hassle and the embarrassment. Just get your own lawn cut, instead of having the town cut it for you."

 

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