Who here wants or needs the city telling us our grass is too long? Did we not purchase our own pieces of property to take care of as we see fit? Okay, so I’m being a little facetious here. I understand that some properties are not being maintained and they in turn diminish the value of houses around it. Nobody wants to look at old fridges in people’s yards or 50 year old phone booths standing sentry with some gnomes in the middle of a pretty garden. There has to be a line drawn in the sand somewhere here. When I moved into my house there was a Model T Ford front end sitting in between my house and the neighbor’s house. It was a rust bucket that was sitting on my property line. Since there is only about 8 feet between my house and the neighbor’s house, I wouldn’t let my kids down that side of the house in fear that they’d go near it. So, shortly after I moved in I called the city, thinking that since it was pretty much rusted in place, no one was in a hurry to move it. I didn’t make friends with my neighbor that day and in turn I didn’t make friends with many of my other neighbors. My perfect street did not like a trouble-maker moving in and causing problems. You have no idea how many parking tickets we’ve received since we’ve moved in, mainly for parking over the sidewalk for more than a half hour, or parking on the street too long, to being over the side walk by a foot. We’ve had 2 friends get tickets for parking on the other side of the street a little too close to the fire hydrant. Never in my 4 years here have I seen a by-law enforcement guy drive by. One of my neighbors sits in their perfect home and calls the city for any minor infraction they see. And we have to pay for it. Once we received a ticket for having an expired plate by a few weeks, parked on the road. We were shocked. Someone had to pull up behind our car to check out our tag. Since I don’t really talk to my neighbors I have no idea who it is.
The reason I write this is that I can imagine the one week I forget to mow my grass or spray the weeds, one of my neighbors will be calling up and the by-law enforcement guy will be knocking on my door.
I would hope the city would have more decorum than to allow neighbors to call on neighbors in this attempt to keep the city beautiful.