Cops To Help Get Grass Off Streets

Published 5:18 pm Thursday, August 8, 2013

FARMVILLE — Farmville’s Police Department will be asked to help the Town fight an outbreak of illegal grass on the streets.

Not pot, but Kentucky blue.

Perennial rye.

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Fine fescues.

Perhaps nabbing some creeping bentgrass that has crept too far.

These grasses are among the suspects.

Town officials, bothered all summer by yard-barbering lawnmowers facing streetward, littering the streets with the cut remains of Poa pratensis, Lolium perenne and Agrostis palustris, will turn to law enforcement to help police a Town ordinance.

The decision was reached during Town Council’s August work session on Wednesday.

Notices to Town residents didn’t help reduce the amount of cut grass in the street, which is against the law, according to a Town ordinance.

The police are now meant to get the attention of residents.

Several council members jumped on the subject while reviewing monthly staff reports, noting the occasions they’d seen grass trimmings spewed by lawnmowers across various streets.

“I tell you what,” Town Manager Gerald Spates responded, “I’m going to say something to chief (Police Chief Doug Mooney) because it is an ordinance violation. And I’ll have the police start kind of monitoring it and start talking to people.”

Everything else has failed to address the situation, certainly exacerbated by the rain-drenched summer, which made lawns grow at the speed of light photosynthesis.

“We even put a notice on the water bills,” Spates reminded Town Council.

Council member David E. Whitus agreed with Spates’ recommendation to enlist police support.

“I think it would be good to let police remind folks,” he said, “it is an ordinance.”

Dr. Edward I. Gordon agreed with his fellow councilman.

“At this point, we’re just kind of warning them,” he said, “but there could be violations.”