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To The Editor:

Notice to cut and keep cut weeds and grasses.

Notice to any owner of land and any tenant or occupant of land situated in the village of Massena.

Village Code require every landowner owning land within the village of Massena to cut down or cause to be cut down and keep cut down all grasses and weeds throughout the spring, summer and fall. This is to keep them from going to seed, or becoming a nuisance. Un-mowed weeds and grasses are unsightly, unhealthy, and detract from property values. They also provide a haven for rats and other vermin.

Failure to comply with this notice at any point shall make any landowner liable for costs of cutting or destroying noxious weeds and grasses by the village of Massena. The costs shall be billed to the landowner and if not paid shall be levied against the property and collected in the same manner as village taxes.

What This Means: Starting in the spring, the village has a right to cut your grasses and weeds or have the weeds destroyed and bill you for the costs.

Village of Massena Code Section 110-3; Keeping lots free from grass, brush and rubbish.

All persons, businesses, agencies or others owning land or lots within the corporate limits of said village, whether occupied or vacant, improved or unimproved, are hereby required to cut all grass and weeds greater than six inches in length, trim and/or remove all brush, unsightly fences, ripe grass and weeds and flammable and unsightly waste and rubbish therefrom and remove, carry away and dispose of all junk, rubbish, debris and waste materials of every kind and nature and keep such lands and lots, including the area between the sidewalk and curb.

Village of Massena Code Section 110-4; Ability of Village to cut brush and weeds on lots.

Upon the failure or neglect of any such owner of lands to comply with the provisions of 110-3 and upon expiration of a five-day notice served upon such owner by said Village requiring compliance with said 110-3 and said owner not having complied with such notice, the Village may, by its duly constituted officers, agents, representatives and servants, enter upon said premises and remove or cause to be removed all waste, rubbish, debris, junk, brush, ripe grass and weeds and other unsightly, injurious or flammable refuse and assess the expense thereof against said premises, to be collected, with interest, in the same way and manner as village taxes. The mailing of such notice to a nonresident owner of lands within said Village addressed to his last known address shall be sufficient service thereof. A single notice served per calendar year shall be deemed adequate notification for the cutting of grass and weeds.

Please, be a good neighbor and cut your own grasses and weeds throughout the year.

Ken McGowan

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