Citizens For A Better Norwood

Monday, June 11, 2007

Two letters from Donna Laake on 6/12/07 council agenda

Topics: yardwaste and high grass abatement

In a letter to President of Council Jane Grote, Norwood Health Commissioner Donna Laake asks to speak to City Council about local yardwaste collection:

“I would like to address City Council at the June 12, 2007 meeting regarding Rumpke yardwaste collection, ongoing problems and possible solutions. My presentation should only take approximately 10 minutes followed by discussion with council members. Thank you in advance for consideration of this matter.”

The topic of Donna’s second letter is her request to have City Council authorize the Norwood Health Department to get the grass/weeds cut at 23 individual Norwood addresses and bill the owners:

“The owners of the properties have been notified that high grass and/or weeds were present and were given orders to abate the nuisance. The owners have not responded. After posting for five (5) days, Norwood Codified Ordinances allow the City to abate the nuisance and to pass on the cost of performing such labor to the owner of the property. I am requesting that City Council authorize Norwood Health Department to take such action as necessary to have the grass and/or weeds cut and to bill the owner of the property, per Section 1759.03(d) of the Norwood Codified Ordinances.”

23 Norwood property owners didn't respond to an order to cut their grass. What's up with that? Doesn't it cost a fortune when the City has to do it?