by Lisa Tome
Every Monday, Cecilton town administrator Brenda Cochran takes a ride around the town.
This year, Cochran has noticed something unusual.
The grass is higher than normal at more properties than she expected.
"In a typical year, we have a couple of violations. Usually this time of year you have to remind people to cut their grass. But this year, I don't know if people are just busier than usual and forgot the grass," said Cochran.
She said that violations notices for high grass have been sent to properties which have never had a violation before.
Cochran said that she checks for violations on Mondays. Warning letters are sent within a day or two. Cochran said that in some instances, the problem has been taken care of before residents receive the letter.
More people than in the past have received a Notice of Violation. The notices are mailed by town staff to people who violate town ordinances. The violations can range from animal violations to vehicles with expired tags, to parking issues. Property owners receive violation letters and then receive a fine. Fines are $50 for a second notice for high grass and $150 for a third notice.
Cochran and town clerk Kim Roland said not a lot of fine money is collected. People usually take care of violations before it gets to that point. Any fines collected go into the town's general fund. Cochran said that the town budget isn't code violation fine dependent. "We are not in the business of making money from that," she said.
In other business from the Town of Cecilton:
• The grand opening for Parklands of Cecilton, an affordable housing community, was held on May 19. The 62 unit apartment complex was built by Ingerman. "As Mayor, I am extremely grateful to have Ingerman as our newest addition to the Cecilton family," said Mayor Joe Zang.
The Parklands at Cecilton project has transformed open space along Main Street into one, two, and three bedroom apartments. The complex also offers a community hall to host town meetings, resident activities, and to encourage local organizations to use the space for gatherings. The rooms also showcase works from local artists.