As summer is now in full swing, warm, sunny days are often accompanied by the buzz of lawnmowers busy off somewhere in the distance. However, according to Wellston City officials, there are still not quite enough of those summer sounds in the city.
During the Thursday, July 13 meeting of Wellston City Council, the issue of grass-cutting, and in some cases the lack thereof, was once again addressed.
Mayor Connie Pelletier asked Wellston Police Chief Tim Ackley about the status of the first list of five to six names of individuals needing to cater to their lawns, which was given to him by City Law Director Shannon Weber in recent months. Chief Ackley stated a majority of the property owners were not in town and thus the issue was taken to Jackson County Municipal Court. As a result, he said may-issue warrants were issued, which if not addressed, could result in blocks on these individuals' driver's licenses, should the judge decide to do so.
With regard to a second list of individuals which Mayor Pelletier said was given to Weber in June, Ackley stated he has yet to receive anything. City Service Director Bill Shumate then explained that on May 22 he gave the mayor a list of properties with tall grass. After the mayor double-checked the list, Shumate said the list was forwarded on to Weber.
"Something should have been done then," Shumate opined. "Several people have cut their grass, but we still have people that have not and we're past the second date." The date to which Shumate was referring are those four total dates set forth in a city ordinance, which require all city residents to cut their grass at least that many times.
With regard to his correspondence with Weber on this issue, Shumate stated, "Our offices have handed everything we can hand to the next level where this gets taken care of."
He went on to say that he and other city officials are the ones fielding phone calls from residents asking why nothing is being done to those residents not tending to their overgrown yards.
"I'm not sure at this point who to ask for help," Shumate said. "There's no intent to make life super miserable for anybody, but I have a whole host of people in this town who mow their yards and take care of them. It's not fair to those citizens for the other people who are dragging their feet."
At-large councilman Shane Stevens suggested sending phone calls regarding that issue to the person that's responsible.
Near the end of the discussion, Mayor Pelletier opined that those individuals who had not mowed their lawns by the first date listed in the ordinance and have subsequently not mowed by the second date, should be fined twice.
Following is a list of properties that, as of July 10, have still not been mowed, according to Wellston City officials: 232 West 13th St.; 217 West 13th St.; 234 West 13th St.; 257 West 13th St.; 210 N. Wisconsin Ave.; 713 S. Wisconsin Ave.; 808 S. Wisconsin Ave.; 50 West 10th St.; 42 West 10th St.; 116 East 12th St.; 511 West 2nd St.; 210 N. Pennsylvania Ave.; 11 East C St.; 1010 S. Vermont Ave.; 1017 S. Vermont Ave.; 820 S. Massachusetts Ave.; 635 Delaware Ave.; 1306 S. Delaware Ave.; 1421 S. Delaware Ave.; 155 High St.; 300 Harrison Ave.; 1016 W. Broadway St.; 122 N. Michigan Ave.; 0 Kansas-Ave. (trailer); 1210 Kansas Ave.; 1220 Kansas Ave.; 103 W. B. St.; 1016 S. New York Ave.; 1304 S. New York Ave.; 611 S. Michigan Ave.; 15 S. Michigan Ave.; 556 W. B St.; 403 E. 8th St.; 1125 S. Ohio Ave.; 220 W. 11th St.; 1265 S. New York Ave.; 303 W. Broadway St.; 0 Sixth St.; and 813 S. Michigan Ave.