City Assesses Mowing Costs for Properties

NORFOLK - The Norfolk City Council has approved charges for mowing and other cleanup on five properties in the city.  At Monday night’s meeting, the council approved assessments ranging from $176 to more than $1700, covering the actual cost of having city staff and equipment clean up the overgrown, weed-covered lots. City Health Inspector John Kouba explained that city code calls for properties to be maintained, mowed and free of accumulated litter and waste materials.  Some homeowners in Norfolk will be getting bills from the city for mowing and other cleanup on abandoned lots.  Kouba says the costs are based on actual city-staff time and use of city equipment. Kouba says if the assessments are not paid, the amount will be levied against the property and recouped if the property is sold or developed.