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High weeds, grass could lead to fines in Sharpsburg

November 04, 2003|by JULIE E. GREENE

SHARPSBURG - Sharpsburg property owners who repeatedly have to be advised to mow high grass and weeds could face fines in the future for those warnings.

Town Attorney Charles Wagaman recommended Town Council members pass a law that would fine property owners who receive a second notice within a two-year span. The fine could be $45 and could pay for the expense of notifying property owners so taxpayers don't have to foot the bill, he said.

The issue came up at Monday night's mayor and council meeting because some local properties required multiple notices.

Wagaman said the certified letter sent to the owner of a property in the 100 block of West Chapline Street was returned. When Wagaman tried to deliver the letter in person to the owner in Rohrersville, he discovered the owner had gone to Florida for the winter.

The town will have the property, which has high weeds and downed limbs, cleaned up and will add the expense to the owner's tax bill, officials said.

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"It's not fair to the neighbors. Clean it up," Vice Mayor Ralph Hammond said.

Another property owner only mows his lawn for the Memorial Day Parade, Sharpsburg Heritage Festival and whenever he gets a notice from Wagaman, Mayor Hal Spielman said.

Spielman said the fine could go into effect for the second and any subsequent notices in a two-year period. Wagaman will draft a proposed law for the council to review.

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