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N. TONAWANDA CRACKS DOWN ON UNKEMPT LOTS, SCOFFLAWS

North Tonawanda is getting a little shaggy-looking, residents are complaining to city aldermen.

Some owners are neglecting their properties, allowing grass and weeds to grow to a height of more than 12 inches in violation of the city's weed ordinance, Assistant City Attorney Robert Sondel said.

At the direction of the Common Council Tuesday, Sondel will draft an ordinance amendment to raise inspection fees for the second complaint of overgrown property to $100 from $50, and also to increase court fines for scofflaws from a maximum of $50 to $250.

Errant property owners also are assessed the city's cost to have a contractor cut the grass or weeds down to size.

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