Code enforcement officers cracking down on property owners with high grass

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POSTED: Friday, September 27, 2013 - 3:03pm

UPDATED: Saturday, September 28, 2013 - 10:36am

"This is bad." said Vanessa Echavarria. She has to look at a lot behind her house that has high grass.

She says it is a nuisance as the high grass attracts mosquitoes close to her home.

"Very bad, we are usually never come out because of the mosquitoes. I never have my girl outside; my mom never comes outside at all because obviously when we come outside the mosquitoes attack us right away, it’s very bad." said Echavvaria.

The vacant property is located near Rentfo and Scott, an elementary school is also nearby.
Friday city of Brownsville code enforcement officers are putting a notice for the property owner to cut the lawn.

City workers use a stick to see how the grass is. If the grass is above 18 inches they issue a notice the property owners have to cut the lawn.
"If its 18 to 48 inches they have a week, if it’s above 48 inches we are looking at three day compliance.” said Brownsville Health Director Art Rodriguez.

If people do not cut their grass within the days listed on the notice, city workers will come to the property and cut the grass. The property owner is then charged for the work. Property owners could have to pay several hundreds.

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