Letter: Weed Abatement


Editor, The Friday Flyer

I have lived in this community for 24 years and have seen a lot of changes, some good and some bad. I am writing because something has happened over the years that just doesn’t seem right. I live next door to a lot that has not been weed abated this year. The weeds at one point were five to six feet high. Now they are dried and ready to explode into flames with the toss of a match. The fire department and city can’t do anything, only the POA can. It used to be that the owner or the POA cleaned it off and then billed the owner of the lot. Well that doesn’t seem to be the case any longer. Now they have to go through legal matters and contact the owner (this one lives out of the U.S.) and they continue to fine the property owner. Well that doesn’t make the very dried weeds go away. I am frustrated in trying to get someone to do something with the hazard that I live next too. Shame on our POA for not getting it taken care of in a timely manner and doing nothing. I guess they would rather have a lawsuit from another property owner if and when their house catches fire.

Janine Pennell

  • dougeducate

    Did it ever occur to you that the POA’s hands are tied for legal reasons? Why would you sue the POA? It’s private property. You might have a case against the property owner…but not the POA. How do you know the owner lives out of country? Are you in contact with them at all? If so, maybe you should make a little effort and contact them. Ask them for permission and to reimburse you for having it cleaned up. Or, if you are as concerned as you claim to be…CLEAN IT UP YOURSELF!

  • rc_cola

    Just sneak over some time and clean it up yourself for free! That way you can be a good example for everyone.
    Or, just keep whining like you are doing now, but, as you say, that doesn’t make the very dried weeds go away, now does it?

    • dougeducate

      She has no desire to solve the problem, because then she would have nothing to complain about. Be resourceful, Janine…I am sure you can come up with a lot of stuff to complain about and do NOTHING to resolve.

      • rc_cola

        You are most likely right about her.