Town officials expect to enforce an ordinance and possibly file liens against property owners who do not weed and trim their overgrown lots this summer.
Offenders will receive a bill ranging from $400-500. If the property owner refuses to pay, money owed to the town can be deducted from a tax return and from any lottery winnings.
“I think everyone needs to know that the town is not in the lawn cutting business, but we do have regulations that require residents to keep their lawns in line,” said Jammie Royall, town manager. “It is not fair to our residents who maintain their lawns for us to go out and cut those who are in violation for nothing. These are our town employees out there doing the work, and they could be doing something else that is needed more.”
A majority of the lots, according to Royall, have absentee owners who do not reside in Mount Olive.
He anticipates a big increase in liens this year.
“We plan to really get into collecting our money this year, and plan to take a crackdown stance,” he said.
Cut your own grass.