Roswell City Code Enforcement: more than 1,000 weed notices given

Created: 08/08/2014 6:04 PM
By: Lauren Hansard, KOB Eyewitness News 4

The weeds in Roswell are growing just about everywhere. City Code Enforcement says they’ve written more than 1,000 notices for them. And KOB Eyewitness News 4 found out, in some cases, it’s really getting out of hand.

“A lot of weeds, lots and lots and lots of weeds," said Tracy Henry-Ford.

It’s rained a lot in southeastern New Mexico and it shows.

“Oh yeah some of them out here are over six feet tall," said Henry-Ford.

Drive down any street in Roswell and you’ll see a lot of them.

“This is the worst I have ever seen weeds,” said Henry-Ford. “I mean we've got weeds where I live where they're almost as tall as you are."

But along with weeds, come problems.

“Not only are we being infested by weeds, but mosquitos and wood ticks and fleas and everything else,” said Henry-Ford.

"I think people need to keep the properties up that they're responsible for."

The Roswell woman who didn’t want to be identified says her neighbor's weeds are attracting rodents.

“Several people I've talked to say no doubt it could be coming from the excessive weeds that are on that property."

City Code Enforcement says in the month of July, they gave 980 notices. That’s over double what they gave out last year.

"I think a lot of people are just way infested, and it's too overwhelming for them," said Henry-Ford.

Code Enforcement says the problem is especially bad in vacant houses.

They took 70 vacant properties to city council in July.

“It is a problem, it is a health hazard, and it does not make our community look desirable and it lowers property values."

So far in August, the city’s already issued another 400 notices. Homeowners are required to clean up their yards within ten days or go to court.

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