It is that time of year when complaints roll into Solon City Hall about the length of grass at some homes throughout Solon.

City Planning Director Robert S. Frankland addressed the matter at last week’s City Council meeting, explaining that city code limits the height of lawns.

“Usually the number one complaint (in summer) is grass,” Mr. Frankland said. This year, the number of days it has rained has made it even tougher for some homes to comply.

To violate the code, the grass has to be a nuisance, which is 8 inches or taller. At that point, the city Zoning Inspector Joyce Soltis has the ability to give 48 hour notice by certified mail or other means to have the homeowner cut the grass.

If Ms. Soltis sees the grass high while driving through the city, she will act on it on her own to have it addressed, Mr. Frankland said, but if residents have an issue with someone’s property, they should notify the city.

“If you contact her, it is given priority,” he said.

In some cases that are an extreme problem, the city will contract out the mowing and add 25 percent to the cost for the resident. The service department often helps with the mowing in this situation as well.

Councilman William I. Russo noted that the city’s zoning code is “reactive” in issues such as this.

“Typically the zoning inspector is not going to go out unless there is a complaint,” Mr. Russo said.

He reminds residents in his ward who have issues with a neighboring property to provide him with the exact address of the lawn in violation. Mr. Russo said he also will place a reminder in his newsletter to residents of this issue.

For the last decade, Sue Reid has covered the government, business climate and residents of Solon. A Times reporter for 22 years, Ms. Reid has earned commendations from the Ohio Newspaper Association and Cleveland Press Association.

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