Mill City Municipal Code Section 8.04.080 requires property owners to control and eliminate noxious vegetation on property within the city limits from May 15 to September 30 each year. No owner or person in charge of property shall allow noxious vegetation to be on the property or in the right of way of a public thoroughfare abutting on the property. An owner or person in charge of property shall cut down or destroy grass, shrubbery, brush, bushes, weeds or other noxious vegetation as often as needed to prevent them from becoming unsightly, from becoming a fire hazard, or, in the case of weeds or other noxious vegetation, from maturing or from going to seed. The term "noxious vegetation" includes,
(a) Weeds or grass more than 10 inches high.
(b) Poison oak or poison ivy.
(c) Blackberry bushes that extend into a public thoroughfare or across a property line.
(d) Vegetation that is either a health hazard, fire hazard, or a traffic hazard because it impairs the view of a public thoroughfare or otherwise makes use of the thoroughfare hazardous.
The control of noxious vegetation is the property owner’s responsibility. However, the city is willing to abate the nuisance on a particular parcel of property at the request of the owner or person in charge of the property for a fee sufficient to cover the city’s abatement costs. Even in the absence of such requests, the city may abate all such nuisances 10 or more days after publication of this notice and charge the cost to the property owner or to the person in charge of the property or to the property itself.
The purposes of the city’s ordinance are to encourage property owners to eliminate fire hazards which can be caused when high grass and noxious vegetation is close to combustible structures buildings and to improve the appearance of the city’s residential neighborhoods. Mayor Kirsch and the City Council thank you in advance for complying with the city ordinance.
For more information call:
Stacie Cook, MMC, City Recorder 897-2302 (City Hall)