Weed Abatement
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What is the City Weed Abatement Program?
On or about April 1, the City will mail each property owner of undeveloped property a notice of the annual weed abatement hearing, and an order to abate their property of weeds and debris no later than May 15th. The property needs to be cleared of weeds and debris, and kept in this manner throughout the year. Weeds need to be cut to 1" or lower.

What happens if a property owner does not clear their vacant parcel by May 15?
The City Weed Abatement Contractor will clear the property between May 15 and July 1. The property owner will then be billed the amount the City pays for clearing, and an appropriate administrative fee. The intent of the program is to limit fire hazard and mitigate nuisance.

What happens if a property owner doesn't pay his bill?
If the charges remain unpaid, in the early summer of the following year, a report to the City Council with a resolution that sets the charges for the County Assessor is placed on the consent calendar. This resolution is then sent to the County, normally prior to August 10th, and the unpaid billing is set as a special assessment lien on the property.

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