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The Grass Police are Coming

The Plano, Tex. “grass police,” or the “door to door tax collectors,” referred to by some residents, have had a busy season monitoring lawn grass length due to heavy rains. The officials drive through neighborhood streets to watch lawns as well as take complaints. Residents with high grass in their lawns could be given a citation, and it could cost up to $180 if city officials have to cut the grass.

Jessica Allen and Cynthia O’Banner are two of the Plano code enforcement officers that monitor lawns. They describe that officers handle over 40,000 nuisance calls a year, the majority of which are complaints about neighbors’ yards, sometimes with grass reaching two feet. It’s also for health reasons, not for cosmetic reasons, described Jessica Allen. “It creates mosquito haven, it creates [a place] for rodents, rats.” With a heavy rainy season, the wet lawns become more likely to be infested with mosquitoes and other pests.

Rain is also a common excuse for residents not cutting their grass. “I have heard some different reasons or excuses,” Allen said. “Everything from their lawnmower broke to their landscaping person can’t come out to they’re trying to find a new landscaping company. The No. 1 excuse is the rain."

Of the thousands of notices the inspectors will leave at homes this year, the officers write about 600 to 700 citations. It’s proof that code enforcement officers are not the grass police, O’Banner said. They describe that “it’s a very busy season right now” yet “our sole purpose is neighborhood quality of life.”

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