The Augusta City Council is considering a property maintenance measure, the proposed ordinance would require residents, businesses and other landowners in the city to keep their properties from falling into disrepair or becoming unsafe or unsightly.

Ward 4 Councilor Anna Blodgett said that the proposal was drafted is response to residents and officials seeing properties to deteriorate.

Some residents and councilors have concerns that the proposed ordinance goes too far and could take away private property rights.

One item in the proposed ordinance that is causing a stir is that the weeds rules would require property owners within the urban compact area to keep their properties free of weeds or plant growth in excess of 10 inches.

The ordinance probably will face a first reading, of two required readings for approval, at next Thursday’s council business meeting.

What do you think?

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