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Boot Hill to get one-time mowing

Jason Ferguson
Published: Thursday, November 29th, 2012

It turns out the rights-of-way in Boot Hill Estates Subdivision are going to get mowed, after all.
After several weeks of ordinance wrangling and public testimony, Mayor Gary Lipp gave a directive to city maintenance crews to mow the rights-of-way at Boot Hill before winter sets in.
Lipp said the lack of mowing on some of the rights-of-way were a safety issue and wanted the areas not in compliance to be mowed before heavy snow flies and drifts along the tall grass.
“I don’t think it’s going to get done if we don’t do it,” Lipp said. “It’s just going to make it easier to get it done.”
For several weeks the city has gone back and forth with Boot Hill residents over covenants that say Boot Hill residents are allowed to have a natural look with grass in their subdivision, juxtaposed against city ordinance that says all grass and weeds must be kept below eight inches. 
While the city continues to rework its lawn and nuisance ordinance, the mowing will take place. City community development director Rex Harris said the revised ordinance should be to the council within 45 days.
The same mowing will take place near the home of Bill Anderson, who was at the previous council meeting protesting the city’s request that he mow a ditch adjacent to his home that had became overgrown with weeds. Anderson maintained the ditch was impossible to mow because of branches, mole hills and rocks, and said the rocks were there due to the city’s water main project in 2003.

It turns out the rights-of-way in Boot Hill Estates Subdivision are going to get mowed, after all.

After several weeks of ordinance wrangling and public testimony, Mayor Gary Lipp gave a directive to city maintenance crews to mow the rights-of-way at Boot Hill before winter sets in.

Lipp said the lack of mowing on some of the rights-of-way were a safety issue and wanted the areas not in compliance to be mowed before heavy snow flies and drifts along the tall grass.

“I don’t think it’s going to get done if we don’t do it,” Lipp said. “It’s just going to make it easier to get it done.”

For several weeks the city has gone back and forth with Boot Hill residents over covenants that say Boot Hill residents are allowed to have a natural look with grass in their subdivision, juxtaposed against city ordinance that says all grass and weeds must be kept below eight inches. 

While the city continues to rework its lawn and nuisance ordinance, the mowing will take place. City community development director Rex Harris said the revised ordinance should be to the council within 45 days.

The same mowing will take place near the home of Bill Anderson, who was at the previous council meeting protesting the city’s request that he mow a ditch adjacent to his home that had became overgrown with weeds. Anderson maintained the ditch was impossible to mow because of branches, mole hills and rocks, and said the rocks were there due to the city’s water main project in 2003.

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Tod
December 2nd, 2012 at 07:45am

While the city council seems genuous in their regards to cutting the grass along the road at Boot Hill their attempts to take away the natural beauty of the development is unwarranted due to the fact that the city needs to police other areas closer to the city such as the tall grass behind the Subway, beside Shopko and behing Leo's garage just to name a few. The city needs should also be policing all the garbage in the city as this garbage doesn't reflect well when this town is regarded as a tourist attraction!!

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