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Thursday, October 18, 2007

"Mow or Else" Violation

I came home from work on Tuesday night and have a bright green sticker slapped on my door - the dreaded "mow or else" violation from the city of Waukegan. Because, apparently, Waukegan pays several individuals rather high salaries to drive around town and slap noxious weed violations on people's houses. I guess that is where my incredibly high property taxes go (and yes, they are high. My taxes in MA on a house worth twice as much as my current house were actually half of what my taxes are here.)

Anyway, I called the officer up and said, "Dude. What's the deal?" I have no noxious weeds on my property, and while I will certainly admit that my lawn does need to be mowed, it certainly is not ten inches high. Maybe four, if that. He was all, "Well, your yard is usually so nice. I just thought it needed to be mowed."

Um, dude? Work has been crazy the past few weeks - at least 60 hours a week and sometimes more. In those few hours when I have been home before full dark, my lawn has actually been covered with debris from the roof exchange or it has been pouring rain - hence, no mowing!. And, um, since, I am NOT in violation of the noxious weed ordinance, what business do you have slapping that ugly green sticker on my house?

Fecking petty tyrants.

6 comments:

Brave Sir Robin said...

When Bush finally leaves office, he is so going to want that job!

GourmetGoddess said...

Listen, I know Bush has got way more qualifications than in rgards to shrub clearing, but dammit! I want this job!

Boxer rebel said...

That is a fucked up ordinance, that is the biggest waste of money to have people whose job is to drive around and tell you to mow. Also, the answer that they gave you is shitty, well you normally have a nice yard so we figured you needed to be cited so that you mow again. Stupid, stupid, stupid

Little Merry Sunshine said...

DAMN. And I thought Arlington Heights was bad. That is beyond obnoxious.

GourmetGoddess said...

I am finding Waukegan government to be filled with petty tyrants. They recently passed two ordinances. The first says that when you want to list your house for sale, you have to pay a fee to have an inspector come in and measure your bedrooms and post an ugly sign in your window stating how many people can legally live in the house. The goal is to prevent overcrowding but, frankly, peolpe who are going to have more than 3-4 people living in a house don't give a rat's ass about the stupid sign in a window. Second, they are not requiring sprinkler systems over furnances. Which made me laugh, as I have a natural gas powered hot water steam heating system. If something goes wrong with my system, it will explode not catch on fire and should it happen to catch fire, it is filled with water.

If I had known how bad Waukegan was, I would have found a nice place in Round Lake, even if it meant a long commute.

GourmetGoddess said...

er, that is now requiring, not "not requiring." Damn I need some coffee.