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March 3, 2010 > Weed abatement program 2010

Weed abatement program 2010

By Meenu Gupta

Newark City Council initiated the 2010 Weed Abatement Program and has set April 8, 2010, as the date for a public hearing. The annual program abates weeds on vacant commercial and industrial properties not maintained by the property owners as directed by the Fire Marshal. There are 69 such industrial, residential and commercial sites in the city with large areas of vacant ground where seasonal weeds present a fire hazard. Weeds are removed by tractor mowing and manual labor.

Property owners may make their own arrangements for weed and debris removal and must have the work completed prior to the city contractor's May-June schedule for abatement work. Property owners will be asked to return a pre-paid postcard to the city indicating they will make their own arrangements. Maintenance staff will inspect the properties prior to abatement. This provides sufficient opportunity for the property owners to perform their own work. Abatement and administrative costs will be assessed on all these properties by the city.

If necessary, an additional Fall program will be scheduled to abate seasonal weeds, such as tumbleweeds, and re-growth that occurs during the summer months. The city will send written notices to the affected property owners before any supplementary abatement work is performed in the Fall.

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