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Property owners encouraged to keep lots mowed

Aug. 8, 2010 at 3:08 a.m.


By Doug Cochran

Due to a wet first half of the year, tall grass is everywhere. The city is asking the citizens of Victoria for help to improve the roadside appearance of the city by mowing their property on a regular basis.

The city code has had a mowing ordinance since 1969 and most property owners in Victoria already mow their entire property.

To make the ordinance easier to understand, on July 6, the city council amended Chapter 10 Sec.10-40. - Definitions (a) of the City Code related to the definition of a lot;

Lot: Land within the property lines and all areas of public right-of-way adjacent to and extending beyond the property line of said lot:

1. To the curb line of adjacent streets, where a curb line has been established; or

2. To the edge of pavement, where no curb line has been established; and

3. To the center of alleys.

This ordinance change clarifies that the property owner is responsible for mowing their property to the back of their curb or to the road pavement edge if there is no curb.

Another area of confusion has been mowing between the rear fence line and the street, or the side fence and the street. Mowing these spaces is also the responsibility of the property owner.

Mowing your property on a regular basis allows the city to concentrate on improving the appearance of the city along the major roads around and into the city; these include U.S. Highways 77 and 87, Business U.S. Highway 59, Port Lavaca Highway, Bloomington Highway and Moody Street to the city limits and Loop 463 from US 59 to the city limits sign just West of US 87.

In addition to the above, other areas that the city is working on to improve the appearance of the city include:

Curb and gutter maintenance - cleaning dirt, debris and vegetation from the curbs along the major roads within the city such as John Stockbauer Drive, Main Street., Mockingbird Lane, Sam Houston Drive, Port Lavaca Highway, Salem Road, Airline Road, etc. Weedy Lot Mowing Maintenance - cleanup, mowing and weed trimming of empty or neglected lots around town. We average about 100 weedy lots per month.

Ditch and Outfall Maintenance - Perform mowing maintenance of six ditches by city staff and mowing maintenance of 17 ditches by a contractor.

Doug Cochran is the director of parks and recreation for the Victoria Parks and Recreation Department. Contact him at 361-485-3200 or dcochran@victoriatx.org

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