Galesburg, IL (March 31, 2021) Spring brings the mowing season and with it comes this reminder to all Galesburg property owners to keep their grass and weeds below 12 inches as required in Galesburg Municipal Code, Section 94.03 Weeds. Maintaining the greenery within the community increases the value of homes and deters the presence of unwanted pests.
The City’s inspectors will respond to complaints about grass, weed, and overgrowth violations usually within one business day. Complaints can be anonymous and submitted through the online application PSR on the City’s website or by calling (309)345-3652 or (309)345-3619.
Grass and weed violations are the City’s most common nuisance violation. The code states property owners or occupants are obligated to maintain their property including the terrace by mowing grass, trimming weeds, volunteer trees, and generally not allowing vegetation to grow wild. Property owners and occupants are given one notice per growing season when a violation is verified. The notice gives five (5) days for abating the nuisance.
If the property is found to be non-compliant upon reinspection, the City, or its designee, is authorized to do the work necessary, such as mow the yard, and send a bill to the property owner. The bill will include the actual cost for the work done as well as an administrative fee. Late fees are assessed if not paid by the stated due date on the bill and liens can be filed if the bill is further ignored.
If the property is found to be in violation again during the same mowing season, the city may proceed with correcting the violation without any additional notices and billing the property owner for each subsequent violation. For more information on grass and weed violations or any other nuisance violation, call Judy Guenseth, Housing Program Coordinator, at (309)345-3652.