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Village targets homeowners who fail to mow lawns

The grass is growing again, and the village is going after residents who don't mow their lawns.

Chief Zoning Officer John Monaco on Monday told the Village Board there are four properties in violation of the village's code governing grass in excess of 6 inches tall, with a fifth violation pending.

In these situations, the village has the authority to pay a private lawn service to cut the grass, then seek reimbursement for the service by the property owner in violation. Sam Drayo, the village's attorney, said he will investigate whether the charge the village incurs for this lawn mowing may be placed on property owners' village tax bills.

"We have more [grass height violations] this year than is normal," Monaco said. He noted most of the cases are repeat offenders. "One individual already has been in court twice about this."

In other matters before the board Monday:

*The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is back online with the project to repair an area of Canadaway Creek bank in the village to prevent further soil erosion around a main sewer line. Drayo spent more than a year negotiating with the corps and legislators to reduce the cost of the project by some $85,000. Drayo was successful, and the project is back on the corps' construction docket.

*Mayor Stephen Keefe said he spoke with a resident Monday about using the village trolley or some other public transportation vehicle to make runs up and down Central Avenue to Dunkirk and back during the summer festival season. The mayor said he would seek shared funding from Dunkirk if such a venture was put to a formal proposal. Keefe asked the Village Board to think about the idea for future discussion.