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Proposed law bans unsound structures, tall grass, dead limbs

A property maintenance law now under consideration by the town of Warrensburg board members would prohibit grass or wild plants growing over 6 inches tall in one’s yard, residential or commercial, whether the property is vacant or not. it would also require the removal of dead tree limbs, and prohibit peeling paint on structures, or surfaces unprotected and exposed to the weather.

A property maintenance law now under consideration by the town of Warrensburg board members would prohibit grass or wild plants growing over 6 inches tall in one’s yard, residential or commercial, whether the property is vacant or not. it would also require the removal of dead tree limbs, and prohibit peeling paint on structures, or surfaces unprotected and exposed to the weather. Photo by Thom Randall.

— All three bear a potential jail sentence of up to six months.

If a property owner refused to comply, or if an emergency situation arises, the lake George ordinance allows a code enforcement officer to have the property cleaned up or repaired, and the cost of such work to be charged to the property owner on the next tax bill as a lien.

Geraghty told the board Wednesday July 11 that the consideration of an ordinance was prompted by several complaints from local residents over neighboring properties, particularly overgrown grass and unruly plant growth.

Deputy Supervisor John Alexander said that enacting a property maintenance law would not only boost the value of the property subjected to enforcement action, but would also boost the value of neighboring properties.

“It’s a win-win situation,” he said.

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