Two years ago, maintaining weeded lots was costing the town of Mount Olive thousands of dollars, annually, finally prompting officials to say they would mow no more.
The decision worked to a certain extent, but Town Manager Charles Brown says there are still a lot of people not mowing their lawns.
A new policy requires homeowners to keep their lots mowed under the threat of fines after proper warning.
“We need to do some enforcement on the new policy. There are violations, but right now I cannot tell you what the numbers are,” Brown said.
Currently, property owners are notified of violations by letter and if they do not respond, they are fined. The fines increase with each violation.
At one point, weeded private lots were being cut and the owner was charged for the expense.
The town had one man doing nothing but mowing grass eight hours a day every day during grass-cutting season.
The town board of commissioners approved a new regulation directing that no more private weeded lots were to be cut by town personnel.