As spring approaches, City Hall is reminding residents to keep their lawns and landscaping within the city’s codes.
In a release from the Codes Enforcement Office, city officials said that “weeds, grass, brush or any rank vegetation” within the city of Rome must be kept at a “height no greater than eight inches during the period of April 1 through Oct. 31.”
Owners whose property is in violation will be served a written notice to correct the issue within five days. Failing that, Codes Enforcement will cut the grass or weeds, with the violators to be charged for the cost of removal and a 20 percent administrative fee will be “charged as a lien against the property” along with a surcharge of $150 for the first offence.
If a property violates the code for a second time within a calendar year, the owner will be charged a $250 fee. For the third offense within a calendar year of the second offense, the owner will be charged $500.
A copy of the ordinance can be accessed at City Hall, 198 N. Washington St.