A Cut Ahead

Posted by – Dale Mathes, Code Enforcement Officer

What a difference a month makes … and a year!

While putting together the monthly statistics for this year’s Tall Weed/Grass Abatement Program, the comparisons between July and August were pretty surprising.

The City of Auburn Hills has a progressive Tall Weed/Grass Abatement program - led by Dales Mathes (a.k.a., The Green Hornet)

The City of Auburn Hills has a progressive Tall Weed/Grass Abatement program – led by Dales Mathes (a.k.a., The Green Hornet)

Back in July, when it was warmer, 103 properties were identified as needing cutting.  Eventually, 69 of the property owners or occupants complied by trimming up their personal landscapes.  In August, things started to cool down a bit and grass growth slowed down.  Only 43 properties needed cutting and of these 27 were cut by the folks responsible for the properties.  That’s a compliance rate of over 50% for both months.

The comparison to last year was pleasantly surprising as well.  In July 2012, out of 40 properties only 16 complied.  In August 2012, 22 out of 54 complied.  Those results were clearly less than half.

One of the major goals of the City’s program is to educate the citizens, businesses, and property owners on the importance of lawn maintenance.  We would like to believe that goal is being accomplished.

We appreciate the continued cooperation and support of the community and hope that someday the City won’t have to cut any grass.  Now, that would be pretty cool.

One thought on “A Cut Ahead

  1. Any chance of getting the weeds cut on either side of N. Shimmons Circle? Exiting our street onto northbound or southbound Squirrel is chancy at best, but now nearly a blind turn. I had emailed a request a month ago but nothing has been done. Also, they need to be cut low enough to accommodate the sight line from a car, not the big city pickups! Thank you in advance.

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