City offers grant for weed abatement
The city of Madras has started a new grant program to help residents with the cost of weed removal or abatement.
Since getting rid of noxious weeds within the city is necessary to protect the health, safety and welfare of residents and visitors, the city's nuisance ordinance places the responsibility for noxious weed abatement upon property owners.
While locals have been complaining about noxious weeds throughout the Madras, city officials understand the burden and constraints on property owners and want to provide relief to property owners by providing assistance through a Noxious Weed Grant.
The following eligibility rules apply:
1. Applications will only be accepted for properties within the city limits.
2. Property owners may only apply for one grant, for one property in a calendar year.
3. First-time applicants will be given priority over previous applicants.
4. Applications must be received and approved by the city prior to any work being performed. Retroactive applications will not be accepted.
Restrictions apply to the use of funds, including the following:
1. Grant funds may only be used for the abatement of noxious weeds within the city limits.
2. In order to access grant funds, property owners must take pictures of the noxious weeds in question and submit them with the application. The maximum grant reimbursement will be up to $100, or the actual invoice or receipt amount, whichever is less, regardless of whom the property owner chooses for the work.
3. All grant awards and reimbursements will be made on a first-come, first-served basis, subject to the availability of funds in the approved city budget. Once the budgeted amount has been spent, no further applications will be approved.
4. The lack of sufficient funds to cover the number of applications received by the city in any given year will not excuse the property owner from the responsibility of abating all noxious weeds.
Applications must be signed by the owner of the subject property and have copies of noxious weed pictures attached to the application.
After the work has been completed, the property owner must submit the actual invoice/receipt for the abatement that was completed. Upon approval by the city, the grant funds will be disbursed in the amount not to exceed $100, or the actual amount of the invoice/receipt whichever is less.