Take care of weeds


City to enforce ordinance

Between May and October of any year, no owner or person in charge of property in the city of Madras may allow noxious vegetation to be on the property or in the public right-of-way abutting the property.

According to Ordinance No. 822, it is the duty of an owner or person in charge of property to cut down or to destroy grass, shrubbery, brush, and bushes, to prevent them from becoming a fire hazard, or, in the case of weeds or other noxious vegetation, from maturing or going to seed.

All lots smaller than one acre need to be maintained completely free of dry grass and weeds that may constitute a fire hazard. Lots one acre or more in area must be maintained with a 20-foot fire break around the perimeter of the lot that is clear of all dry grass and weeds; in addition the entire property must be free of noxious weeds as defined by the Jefferson County noxious weed list.

If the owner or person in control of the property is unwilling to abate the nuisance in 10 or more days after the notification, the city can take care of the problem itself, and charge the cost of doing so to the property owner.

Property owners or persons in charge of the property are encouraged to maintain the lots themselves or to hire a private lot maintenance worker to clear the lots for them.

If a private lot maintenance worker is contacted prior to receiving notification by the city of noncompliance with the ordinance, the property owner or person in charge of the property could save the cost of administration fees, as well as penalties for violation of the ordinance.