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Murphysboro police chief cracks down on messy yards

Under city code, homeowners with grass or weeds higher than 8 inches, trash left outside of containers or with discarded items around the property, face a possible violation notice. Under city code, homeowners with grass or weeds higher than 8 inches, trash left outside of containers or with discarded items around the property, face a possible violation notice.
MURPHYSBORO, IL (KFVS) -

A Heartland police chief is cracking down on messy yards. Murphysboro Police Chief Jeff Bock says it doesn't matter who owns the property.

Bock snaps photos of tall grass and high weeds. He's stopped at one of about a dozen properties not in compliance with city code.

"Some of the grassy areas have been mowed at this point. There's still a lot of weeds and stuff growing up, especially on the out building out back and certain areas in the front," Bock said.  

The property happens to belong to a Murphysboro City Alderman. Bock says he was served a notice of violation, just like any other citizen.  Since then Bock says the improvement is noticeable.

"The grassy areas have been cut, because, they were all the areas you see, are somewhat clear now, were in excess of 8 inches," Bock explained.  

Under city code, homeowners with grass or weeds higher than 8 inches, trash left outside of containers or with discarded items around the property, face a possible violation notice.  It's a duty the police department took over about a year ago.

"I really do feel it is important and it does not matter to me who it is," Bock said. "If my property looked horrible I would expect the same thing."

It's a crackdown neighbors say they welcome on their block.

"People should always keep their yards looking nice, everybody else here does, so it seems like they should too," Randall Koons said.  

Heartland News did try to contact the alderman who has property in violation, but has not heard back.   

Meanwhile, those who let the weeds and trash pile high in their yard in Murphysboro, face a fine of up to $750. 

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