Ardmore passes grass clipping ordinance

By: KXII Staff Email
By: KXII Staff Email

ARDMORE, Okla. -- After this summer's heavy rains kept grounds too damp to be manicured, plenty of people across Texoma are now able to get out and mow their lawns.

But Ardmore city officials and the Ardmore Beautification Council say if you don't clean up after yourself, you may get a ticket.

Officials say that some residents mow their yards and then sweep or just leave the grass clippings in the roads and gutters. They say that causes drainage ditches to clog up, besides being an eyesore for the community.

This prompted the city to pass an ordinance to make sure residents dispose of grass clippings properly.

"If the gutter stops up, the city has to come out and clean it up, and that’s your tax dollar used, and it looks bad. If you use chemicals in your yard, that may end up in the water system," says Ardmore Beautification Councilwoman Norma Lynne Paschall.

If citizens don't obey the city ordinance, they could be fined up to $200.

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  • by jeff Location: Rattan on Sep 22, 2007 at 04:41 PM
    Rattan will send Ardmore their City Clerk if you want her. She will be happy to write citations to the people
  • by That Girl Location: Bryan County on Aug 8, 2007 at 08:43 AM
    Maybe the city of Ardmore should look into having a street sweeper that could run in the mornings and then the grass clippings wouldn't be a problem. Or maybe the city of Ardmore should just be happy that the citizens mow their lawns and not let them grow up so high that you can't see the houses.
  • by Some Guy Location: Ardmore on Aug 8, 2007 at 02:29 AM
    Maybe the grass clippings that are left to blow into the street will fill some of the cracks and potholes that the City has been overlooking for the last 7 years that I have lived here. By the way, what about the city mowers that are running around blowing the clippings into traffic during the busy times of the day? I guess there's nothing better for elected officials to do but pass laws to generate income to be wasted on special interest projects.
  • by Discouraged Citizen Location: Inclusive Community (not) on Aug 7, 2007 at 08:41 PM
    This is just another wasted effort of ABC and our City Hall. We live in a community of what is good for the goose is NOT good for the gander. Why does the City waste their time on passing additional laws when they do not enforce the current laws (at least those downtown). The citizens have requested relief from the City on enforcement of parking and violations. Why don't they cut all the 2 hour parking signs down and sell them for scrap since they really do not mean anything without the proper enforcement. If ABC really wants to better our community (and has such political pull), why don't they lobby the City to step up our maintenance. I did not realize we had curbs because the majority is grown over with grass. This is really a sloppy community with a bunch of low class dictators who make the blue collar families feel below them. So why don't we also scrap the new sign off I-35 and Broadway since it should read "Exclusive instead of Inclusive".
  • by Betty Location: Sherman on Aug 7, 2007 at 01:15 PM
    This is not news.
  • by Bo Location: Lone Grove on Aug 7, 2007 at 11:36 AM
    Look at all the street problems and holes in the streets and they are griping about the grass. Someone need to tell that blond haired heifer in city hall to leave good folks alone. My grass at my rent houses was 2 inches long and blondy sent me one of those good certified letters. Needless to say I did not mow 2 of the empty house one weekend. I do not let my yards grow up. I hope you see this blondy. LEAVE GOOD FOLKS ALONE. WORRY ABOUT FIXING THE HOLES IN THE STREETS. OH Blondy, I ALWAYS CLEANUP MY MESSES, DO YOU?
  • by Grass Man Location: Ardmore on Aug 7, 2007 at 10:27 AM
    What keeps the chemicals I use on my yard from washing into the drain now. City empolyees are already getting paid they might as well have something to do besides ride around in air condition truck. Its not like any of the folks that come to Armdore to buy crack care if the streets have grass on them.
  • by KAREN Location: OKLAHOMA on Aug 7, 2007 at 07:48 AM
    Is it legal to bag the clippings and put them in the dumpster? In my town it isn't - you get a ticket for that, also. Sooo, think about where you put those clippings!!
  • by Mork Location: Ork on Aug 7, 2007 at 03:54 AM
    Good gosh - pick up your grass you lazy bums.
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