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Environmental Commission to hold meeting on 'weed ordinance'

DeKALB – The DeKalb Citizens' Environmental Commission will host a public meeting at 5 p.m. Thursday to solicit public opinion from residents on the city's "weed ordinance."

The meeting will be in the council chambers at the DeKalb Municipal Building, 200 S. Fourth St. Citizens are encouraged to attend and participate.

City ordinances restrict grassy vegetation growth to no more than 8 inches in height unless natural areas on a property are approved as part of a master plan, which outlines and identifies the property maintenance of that area.

Homeowners and other property owners who want to incorporate naturalized areas into private landscapes are finding themselves in violation of the city’s codes and wondering what they can do to make their desired landscapes legal. Surrounding neighbors have filed complaints with the city asking to have these owners cited and made to comply with the 8-inch height rule.

Written comments are welcome and should be received no later than Thursday. Submit comments via mail or email to:

Tim Holdeman, city staff liaison for the Citizens' Environmental Commission, 1216 Market St., DeKalb, 60115. His email address is Tim.Holdeman@cityofdekalb.com

All comments will be shared with the commission and included in the meeting minutes.

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