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PUBLIC COMMENT: Ordinance hearing brings out cost concern

October 3, 2013

CHURUBUSCO — When municipalities propose a change in policy, a public hearing is held before the ordinance update is instituted.

It is at this time public comment is heard on the issue and council members can choose to address the concerns. Churubusco residents have not been silent when it comes to changes in town policy.

When a change to a garage sale ordinance was proposed, residents created such a noise that Town Council members decided to table the issue.

So when a public hearing was scheduled for a proposed change to Churubusco’s weed ordinance, town residents were ready with their comments and questions.

Although the ordinance had minimal changes, Pat Stanford, a Churubusco resident, questioned the fees associated with the town policy.

“I see that the charge to mow a yard is $160. However, in Fort Wayne it’s only $60,” Stanford said. “We’re supposed to be a smaller, friendlier town. How is it we have to charge so much for mowing.”

In the ordinance, properties that neglect to keep weeds and grass in order can incur a cost should the town have to manage the issue. A cost of no less than $50 per hour is stated in the ordinance, with a further charge of $110 should the violation continue.

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