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Spring, and then summer, brings warmer weather, and warmer weather brings the emergence of a variety of vegetation. Unfortunately, that can include unwanted weeds. Meanwhile, spring and summer also are yard-sale season, which means the appearance of yard-sale signs that come with it.
When it comes to weeds and yard sales, there are some city ordinances Roswell citizens should be aware of.
City crews will be making their rounds about town regularly mowing down weeds on city properties, and the city is asking for citizens’ help in controlling weeds on their own properties, as well as along fence lines, sidewalks and in alleyways that border their properties. By ordinance, weeds on a person’s property cannot be in excess of 12 inches tall. Property owners who are in violation will be given 10 days from when notified to fix the violation. Those who do not take appropriate action may receive a citation that will have to be handled in Municipal Court and can result in a fine of up to $500. If the city chooses to clear the weeds on a property where the owner has not rectified the violation, a lien could be placed on the property for the costs incurred by the city.
The public is asked to notify the city’s Code Enforcement Office (637-6280) of any specific properties they see that may need to be addressed regarding weeds. Also, any questions regarding the weed ordinance can be addressed by calling that number.
The city reminds residents that a permit is required for yard sales (or garage sales, or whatever someone may call a similar event). Permits may be obtained free of charge at the Code Enforcement Office at 421 N. Richardson Ave. A yard sale is limited to a maximum of five consecutive days. A resident may have one yard sale within a 90-day period.
Yard-sale signs can be placed or posted on private property (with the permission of the owner), but are not allowed to be placed or posted on public property such as on the street or sidewalk, street median, street signs, utility poles, trees or any public building or other public structure. Violations of this ordinance can result in a fine of up to $500.
Illegally-placed signs, as well as any signs that have simply been abandoned, can blow away to litter the neighborhood. Residents who legally place signs on private property are asked to remove the signs promptly after the sale.
The city thanks the public for its assistance in keeping the community clean and looking good through adherence to these ordinances.