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Reminder: Keep grass clippings off of the street

Published: Wednesday, July 2, 2014 12:14 p.m. CDT • Updated: Wednesday, July 2, 2014 12:16 p.m. CDT

From Barb Filer


I usually do not write a letter to the editor, but I felt that the people in Creston need to know that it’s illegal to mow grass clippings into the street, even a couple cupfuls.

I was mowing yesterday, and I went down the side of my curb, as usual and was up by the house mowing when I looked up and a cop was standing there. I turned off the mower, and he said, “I need you to clean up the clippings in the street.”

I said, “What?”

“You need to clean the grass clippings off the street.”

Okay, why? He said that a neighbor had called and turned me in. I will not repeat my response on here, but I was shocked. No neighbor could of even seen them, there was just a couple cups of clippings out there sprinkled over the whole length of my property, two cups. I don’t mow the whole yard into the street, just one swipe down the side and that’s it. I was so shocked, and as I was sweeping the street, I noticed two more neighbors mowing ... yes, clippings in the street. No visit for them.

If this is an ordinance, it needs to be known to every person that mows in this town. I work hard to keep my lawn nice and have no idea why I was chosen to be “turned in.” I have always gotten along with my ‘’neighbors’’ and have for 43 years. I am a 67-year-old widow and don’t get around very well, that works hard to keep things clean and weed free. Look around. Not so with a lot of residents. Go pick on them. Clean things up a bit elsewhere. I can sit right here in my window and show you a lot of things that need cleaned up. But I am not a cop caller or do I rarely complain.

So, just wanted to let people and especially my “neighbors” know that it is illegal. If it isn’t, then I should not have the cops called on me and they should explain. By the way, what is the fine?

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