Friday, January 9, 2009

Carey takes aim at weeds

City officials concerned with keeping livestock on small lots


By TONY EVANS
Express Staff Writer

The Carey Planning and Zoning Commission is taking steps to control weeds that have sprung up on some of the city's overgrown and under-irrigated lots.

"There are old tax lots in the city, and newer developments as well, that are on land that is no longer being farmed," said Planning Director Sara Mecham. "The weeds get high in summer and become fire hazards for neighbors."

Mecham held the first of several meetings Wednesday night at City Hall to consider recommending to the City Council a "nuisance ordinance" that would require land owners to control weeds on their property.

She said a similar discussion to possibly control roaming domestic animals and regulate livestock on city lots was brought up at the council recently, but shot down as being too restrictive.

"We want to keep the rural and agricultural feel of Carey, but eventually we could recommend restricting the keeping of livestock on very small lots in the city," Mecham said.

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The next Carey P&Z meeting will include members of the Fire Department and the County Weed Control Department to discuss implementation and enforcement of a weed-controlling nuisance ordinance.




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