SUMMERSIDE – Summerside city council has decided to take matters into its own hands and clean up an abandoned unsightly property on East Drive.
City police received a complaint on May 23 about uncut grass at a property located at 93 East Drive.
The owner of the property is deceased and the next of kin passed away about six months ago.
The city’s Unsightly Premises Bylaw stipulates that grass may be no higher than eight inches. The grass at 93 East Drive was measured at 36 inches.
Police have been unsuccessful in locating next of kin to take care of the problem.
On a recommendation from the city’s police services committee, city council voted to have the grass cur and then try to recover the costs.
The total cost for the grass cutting is $630. It involves 24 hours of staff time at a cost of $480 for labour; $100 for fuel for the tractor; $25 for grass trimmers; and $25 for fuel for a quarter-ton truck to remove the grass.