City warns about grass fines

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JACKSON, Tenn. — The City of Jackson says it’s time to cut your grass. And if you don’t, it could cost you. “We were out today in certain areas looking around, being proactive, and we get a lot of complaints from citizens,” said Gary Hardee, coordinator for the Department of Housing Codes for the City of Jackson. Hardee said the city has started sending out warnings about unkempt lawns. If issues are not corrected, property owners could get a summons to Environmental Court. “It is a pretty big problem starting the spring of the year, and it will run through sometime into the fall months,” Hardee said. “But it keeps us really busy during grass mowing time.” Many homeowners around the Hub City said they support the city trying to keep overgrown yards in check. “It looks better when everybody’s yard is looking good,” Jackson resident Lance Weathington said. “I think they’re trying to improve this area,” Jackson resident Colleen Jones said while pulling weeds in her garden. “There’s a lot of beautiful homes, and the homes that are being kept up, the property should look nice and manicured.” “It’s a good thing if people need a reminder from time to time to go ahead and get their yard looking good,” Jackson resident Ronald Atwater said. “It says a lot about the city. It’s a matter of pride.” City officials say they are being lenient since there has been so much rain to begin the spring season, but they say citations will pick up in the next few weeks. City building officials said a summons to environmental court could result in a number of fees and say keeping your yard tidy is an easy way to avoid the extra costs.

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