Cheektowaga takes tough stance on overgrown lawns

CHEEKTOWAGA, N.Y. (WIVB) – Part of owning your own home means mowing the grass, but anyone who neglects that chore could face fines.

State code requires that grass remain under 10 inches, but the Town of Cheektowaga is taking that requirement even further. Last year, officials changed the ordinance and grass now has to be lower than six inches.

The change is a bit too strict for some.

Michael Mariani said, “If we go away for a week my lawn would be well over six inches long.”

If you receive a violation notice in Cheektowaga, you have five days to fix it. Otherwise a company contracted by the town will do it for you. But not only will you be billed for the lawn mowing, you’ll also face a fine between $75 and $250.

Pam Mariani said, “I think that’s a little extreme. I mean, if you let your lawn grow a week and it rains and that, you can’t get to it for a while because it has to dry out a little bit.”

Those who live next to abandoned or problem properties may disagree. Dennis Pietraszewski said he’s glad the town has tackled an abandoned property on his street.

He explained, “They were just here this morning taking pictures and they says they’ll be here whenever to cut the grass, hopefully soon.”

Cheektowaga town officials say they don’t plan on actively seeking out violators, but if they receive a complaint they will investigate.

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