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City of Cortland Expected to Look Into No Mow May Next Year – Issues With Registered Properties

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It was all agreed upon that the idea for No Mow May is a good one in terms of helping the environment. However, issues were brought up during Tuesday’s Common Council meeting that show the campaign is turning more into a headache than an effort to help the bees.


“We’re [City of Cortland] gonna revisit No Mow May next year. Our Code Office has been running itself ragged issuing citations regarding individuals that didn’t sign-up for [No Mow May].”

Councilperson Tom Michales said regarding the ongoing issues.

Michales continued on saying there are almost 100 citations now for lawn height issued by the Code Office and it’s something that is too time consuming. Michales suggested next year the City of Cortland should either shorten the campaign (it is currently the entire month of May) or just do away with the campaign altogether.

City of Cortland Code Office, Captain Roy Everett brought up with the nice and wet weather the area has been seeing, some lawns that are now over 2 feet high and are causing a nuisance. Everett mentioned there should be a limit to how tall lawns can grow if No Mow May does continue.

Residents in the City of Cortland were required to sign-up prior to the start of May to take part in No Mow May. Homeowners would have a sticker that would go into the window and be visible from the sidewalk to avoid getting cited for an overgrown lawn.

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