Colvin street vegetation
The Town of DeWitt NY has a weed ordinance -- requiring vegetation to be kept under 12 inches -- which is a vestige of the days before we learned how much water and fuel are wasted keeping a mown lawn. Ordinances such as the one in DeWitt can't be consistently applied because, among other things, weeds and rank growth haven't been defined, nor has the law's objective: sometimes it's beauty, sometimes safety. Higher courts usually do not support them. Furthermore, cutting grass on slopes is dangerous and ordinances are supposed to protect health, safety and welfare. DeWitt also has a sustainability policy, which includes "Ensure Energy-Efficient and Environmentally Supportive DeWitt Town Codes," yet they keep and enforce the weed ordinance. In addition, Onondaga County wants citizens to help reduce CSO problems by using vegetation management and other methods. The tall vegetation on Colvin St complies with such forward-looking ideas. Yet so far the tall grass phobics win out.
Jun 11, 2011