The Journal Register (Medina, NY)

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September 11, 2013

Lyndonville passes aesthetically pleasing laws

Medina Journal-Register — LYNDONVILLE — Four public hearings came and went with little fanfare at Monday’s Lyndonville Village Board meeting. The issues discussed during each were then unanimously adopted or passed.

The first public hearing dealt with the village’s grass and weed removal law. The previous law, which had been on the books for many years, needed to be updated, the board said. It required residents to mow their lawns at least once a month.

The new law now limits the height of the grass and the growth of the brush. Residents must now mow their yards if their lawns reach 10 inches or higher. The 10-inch barrier is in compliance with state statute.

Should a resident not comply, the village now has the right to have a person cut the grass and then charge the resident a fee.

“This gives us the ability to pursue those who don’t like mowing their lawns a little bit better,” said Lyndonville Mayor Stephen McAvoy, who added that this law would likely only affect a small amount of people in the village.

The second public hearing involved how the village will handle turning off a homes water service. In the past there had been a shut-off and turn-on procedure the village followed in the rare cases that it did shut off a home’s water. The passage of the local law on Monday gave the village the authority to require a certificate of occupancy in order for a homeowner to have their water turned on. McAvoy said the intent of the new law is not to be “malicious” but rather to save time and man power.

“We live in a type of place where we spend too much time chasing too few,” he said, referring to both tenants and owners who tend to pay their water bills late. He said the intent of the law is for the “uncommon repeat offender.”

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