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Merits of mowing ordinance debated

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Updated: 11/05/2013 8:10 pm

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The sponsor of an ordinance to streamline mowing operations in Jacksonville is hosting a series of meetings with her fellow council members to gather support for the plan.

Denise Lee said the ordinance will help save taxpayer money while better addressing the issue.

“You might have five abandoned properties that are torn down and the weeds are higher than the grass next door,” Lee said.  “It’s not bringing about the quality of life we deserve and should have.”

Three departments currently handle mowing in the city: Public Works, Parks & Recreation and the Municipal Code Compliance Division. About $7.8 million was spent on mowing last fiscal year, according to numbers provided by Council Auditor’s office.

In the meetings, the departments are being questioned about their mowing operations and whether Lee’s proposal could work. Representatives with MCCD said they’re already being proactive with problem properties.

More meetings are scheduled to discuss the proposal before a final vote is taken.

 

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Papakilo - 11/6/2013 12:13 AM
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Perhaps, enforcing the existing codes and collecting the fines would help. It makes no sense, except to waste our tax dollars making more laws and ordinances which will not be constantly enforced. The problem with the city council is 'too many chiefs and no indians'.
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