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Village of Mayville enforces strict grass ordinance

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TUSCOLA COUNTY (WJRT) -
(05/30/14) - The Village of Mayville is serious about its lawn mowing ordinance. If the grass doesn't measure up in the small Tuscola County community - property owners will have to pay up.

The small one square mile town requires property owners to keep their grass below eight inches.

"I get five six phone calls a week saying, 'I don't want to use my name, but will you tell my neighbor to take care of his yard?'" said Village president Clare Fryers.

When complaints come in, the village is ready.

"Well go over and we'll measure it," Fryers said.

Police use a tape measure to record how tall the grass is. If it's above eight inches, they'll write the property owner a warning, letting them know they'll have to cut it. If they don't do it, they'll have to pay.

"We give them 48 hours to comply. If not, we'll bring our crew in," Fryers said.

The crew will cost the property owner $35 per hour for every village worker who comes out, and $83.35 per hour for every piece of equipment that's used.

Of course, there are ways to avoid the grass cutting fees.

"Mow it," Fryers said.

Because police will be watching, checking and enforcing the rule.

The town celebrates its one hundred and fiftieth anniversary this year. Fryers says he wants the community to look especially nice for the milestone.
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