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High grass: Same problem, different approach

| Thursday, Oct. 6, 2011, 12:00 p.m.

Grass cutting to come with a bill in Baldwin Borough

Property owners with overgrown grass in Baldwin Borough are going to be asked to pay for grass-cutting provided by the municipality.

The borough will send bills when the work is done, rather than pursuing liens, said Manager John Barrett.

Tending overgrown properties costs the borough about $35,000 a year, he said. In 2010, a borough contractor cut grass on 24 properties.

"Even if we only collect 10 percent or 5 percent of this, it's better than we're doing now," Barrett said.

Pleasant Hills Council OKs rules on high grass

Borough council has approved an amendment to an ordinance that would fine property owners $500 for failure to keep their grass cut.

The borough has received complaints about high lawns of vacant houses -- those being sold and those in foreclosure.

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