Copperas Cove enforces high grass ordinance

KWKT
Thursday, June 27, 2013 - 1:10pm

Copperas Cove compliance officers are out "aggresively enforcing" the high grass ordinance, saying tall grass presents a fire hazard.

Since January, the Copperas Cove Police Department reports 1,642 warnings have been issued to residents for uncut grass. Authorities say weeds and tall grass present a fire hazard and are unsightly. However, some of the problem officers are having in enforcing the ordinance is that many property owners live out of the city or even out of the state. Therefore, when a Class C citation is issued, the person who may be out of state knows they cannot be arrested and extradited back to the area.

Officers say citations and warnings are a long process that can take some time. Otherwise, the city can contract labor and service to cut someone's yard, but then that work can cost around $75. If the owner doesn't pay it, it could become a taxpayer cost, the police department says they don't want to impose onto citizens.

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