In Bryan, at least one property owner thinks there is a problem with some lawn regulations in Bryan.
The Bryan Times reports that Bryan resident Chuck Shepard showed up at Monday’s city council meeting to ask that council reconsider its lawn care legislation after a home he owns was tagged by the city.
Shepard’s appearance was based on the fact that Bryan places signs on lawns with grass or weeds measuring more than nine inches in height, to warn the property owner to mow the lawn within three days.
Shepard said property owners need a little more than that to rectify the situation, after complaining that he was on vacation for two weeks, and he got no call or letter. Just a sign on the lawn, which he didn’t even know about until he got a court notice. He complained that the violation cost him more than $100 worth of fines and court costs.
“I don’t have time to check every property to see if there’s a stupid notice in the yard,” he said.
Shepard asked council to consider amending its legislation to require actual contact with a property owner before moving forward with legal action.
But Bryan City Prosecutor Rhonda Fisher disagreed, saying that plan wouldn’t be feasible, because of the fact that some property owners live outside the city or state and are difficult to reach.