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Share your community pride by keeping your lawn under control this spring

Post Date:05/03/2019 8:18 AM
Now that icy driveways have thawed and spring cleaning is upon us, it’s time to think about lawn and property maintenance. While the last thing on your mind may be wrestling the lawnmower out from beneath the pile of snow shovels, the City of Richfield would like to give a friendly reminder to residents that Community Service Officers are driving the community daily, keeping an eye out for violations and addressing them before they become a larger problem.

Maintaining your lawn and property is a contribution not only to your property, but to the city as a whole.

“Richfield residents take pride in their community and have expressed the importance of living in a clean, well-maintained community,” said Environmental Health Specialist Kathy Mueller.

City ordinance prohibits long grass and weeds over six inches. Grass clippings and leaves are not allowed to be placed in the street.

Other violations frequently observed are garbage containers stored at the curb other than on garbage pickup day. Containers should be removed from the curb area and stored alongside or in back of a house or garage. Garbage should be disposed of weekly and miscellaneous and household debris cannot be stored outside on a property.

Vehicles on any property should be licensed and in operating condition (no flat tires or expired tabs), and should not be parked in the yard area beyond the established driveway. Oversize vehicles (vehicles whose dimensions exceed 22 feet in length, or 7 1/2 feet in width, or 7 1/2 inches height) are prohibited from parking on private property.

In terms of home maintenance, paint is required on exterior wall surfaces where 20 percent or more of the paint is cracked, peeling, or chipped.

The city encourages residents to contact its Environmental Health Unit staff at 612-861-9880 or fill out a “Report a Code Violation” form on the city website if they see violations in their neighborhood.

“We get that life happens and are happy to work with residents,” explained Environmental Health Specialist Jean Flesher. "The city’s goal is to keep Richfield a beautiful community to live, work, and do business in."
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