Tall grass gets the most complaints

If your neighbor’s grass is over a foot tall, you can call
Jul. 28, 2013 @ 05:19 AM

A home on Paramount Street been empty for about a year, according to Jerry Chandler who lives on the street. While the grass has not been cut in a good while, Chandler said that he has seen it worse than it is now.
“The grass gets so high you can’t see the porch or the post the holds the mailbox at the end of the street,” Chandler said. “It’s terrible. I have heard neighbors reporting that snakes are coming out of the grass now.”
Tall grass is the No. 1 complaint the city receives about ordinances.
The lot on Paramount Street is under a work order and the city hopes to get the grass cut when they can bid out the contract. The owner of the lot has been given notices but they have gone unanswered. According to Inspector Scott Wall, once the contract is bided out, the yard will be cut in 2 to 5 days.
“The ordinance reads 12 inches so its not a violation until it reaches 12 inches, but the way things have been growing, that is pretty quick,” said Edwin Brown, inspection services administrator. “Most of the time when we get there it is more than a foot.”
If homeowners are unwilling to correct the violation, the city may order a dwelling closed, secured, or demolished, arrange to mow, remove trash or junk and bill the owner for the cost. The city may take legal action by issuing a civil penalty or criminal summons.
Brown said that most of the time it takes a while to get notification or proof that the notice has gone ignored. 
“Everyone is investigated and sometimes we get multiple calls about the situation,” Brown said. “We investigate it and if it is valid we go down the enforcement path. That path varies from case type to case type.”
The city regulates problems like tall grass and weeds, trash and junk, animal and vegetable waste, open storage, fallen trees and unsecured buildings. It also takes care of buildings damaged by disasters and health violations such as filling in open wells, pits, and septic tanks, mosquito control and rats.
The city urges residents to call High Point Police to complain about the noise ordinance violations.
The ordinance prohibits disturbing noises caused by radios or sound-producing devices between the hours of 11 p.m. and 7 a.m., pets or animals causing frequent noise, motor vehicles creating loud and unnecessary noise, building and demolition between the hours of 10 p.m. and 7 a.m. without a permit and using loudspeakers and amplifiers for commercial purposes.
“Our biggest problem is public nuisances, predominately high grass and trash on the lot. We get thousands of high grass calls and we get those the most,” Brown said. “The complaints that we get about housing inspections would be the second and then securing cases where people call us up because the building is open to vagrants would be third.”
To report code violations, call 336-883-3111.
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