Grass

Section 1. It shall be unlawful for any landowner occupant, or person in possession of:

  1. Any lot or parcel along any improved street in common usage, for a depth of 165 feet or the depth of the lot, whichever is less, or;
  2. Any developed lot in any subdivision in the City of Martin, or;
  3.  Any undeveloped lot in any plated subdivision in the City of Martin in which buildings have been erected on at least 60% of the lots in that subdivision, or;
  4. Any property that borders or abuts any property that must lawfully conform to a six inch growth requirement by this ordinance, for a distance of not less than 75 feet of the property;to fail to cut all grass and/or weeds on the property to a height of six (6) inches, after having received notice to cut the grass and/or weeds from the City of Martin, either by certificated mail or personally delivered, giving the owner, occupant, or person in possession ten (10) days from the receipt of notice to cut the grass and/or weeds.

Section 2. It shall be unlawful for any landowner, occupant, or person in possession of:

  1. Any undeveloped lot in any plated subdivision in the City of Martin in which buildings have been erected on less than sixty percent of the lots in that subdivision, or;
  2. Any property that is at lest seventy-five (75) feet from the border of any lot or parcel that must lawfully conform to a six (6) inch growth requirement by this ordinance, or;
  3. Any other real property that is not previously described in this ordinance,to fail to cut all grass and/or weeds on the property to a height of twelve (12) inches, after having received notice to cut the grass and/or weeds from the City of Martin, either by certified mail or personally delivered, giving the owner, occupant, or person in possession ten (10) days from the receipt of notice to cut the grass and/or weeds.

Section 3. If the person who receives such notice fails to cut the grass and/or weeds within the ten (10) day period, the City of Martin may authorize any City employee or a contract laborer to enter upon the property and do the necessary cutting and removal of the grass and/or weed clippings. The landowner, occupant and/or person(s) in possession shall be jointly and severally liable for all expenses incurred in connection with such work, and the City shall have a lien against the property for such expenses. Such lien shall be enforced in the manner prescribed by the general laws of the State of Tennessee providing for the enforcement of tax liens.

Section 4. The provisions of this ordinance shall not apply to any parcel of property being utilized for agricultural purposes on a continuous basis, or located in a flood zone, or designated as wetlands, or that is under immediate development or construction.