This process allows the city to get the problems quickly addressed, Harmon said. The city was able to enact this process under its home rule powers.
Before home rule, the city had to issue a warning letter to the property owner, who then had 21 days to correct the problem.
The owner could have cut the grass within the 21 days before allowing it to become overgrown yet again, Harmon said. But the process would have had to start over.
If the property owner did not address the issue under the old system, then a citation was issued and the owner was brought before a municipal judge.
"This way saves the city time and money," Harmon said.
Most property owners cut their lawns once they receive the warning letter, he said. However, some are fined.
"Most of them keep their grass cut once they get fined," he said.
The city public grounds crews are forced to cut some lots where property owners cannot be located or if they refuse to address the situation or pay the fines, Harmon said.
High grass creates a health hazard, he said. Rodents and other pests can hide in high grass and move into other yards and homes.
The grass also dries and becomes a fire hazard, Harmon said.