While most property owners mow their grass to the curb or pavement of the adjacent street or public way, Uvalde City Council on Tuesday learned others expect city employees to maintain anything outside their property line.
According to city planner Susan Anderson, who addressed council during a Tuesday night meeting, the issue is a result of residents not clearly understanding the 2015 property maintenance ordinance, which states property owners are responsible for lawn maintenance up to a curb or public way.
As a result of the discussion, council approved amending the city’s property maintenance code to say homeowners are responsible for lawn maintenance on their lot, plot or parcel of land, easement or public way, to the curb or pavement when no curb is present and to the centerline of adjacent alleys, including any structures.
Council also discussed additional property maintenance issues including dilapidated homes, junked cars, garbage debris and residents leaving trash cans by the street for extended periods of time. According to Anderson, since 2015, the city’s code enforcement office has received 517 reports of various violations.
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