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Are Bags Of Grass Clippings Messing Mahwah Streets? [POLL]

Council didn't take action on a resident complaint; Patch wants to know your opinion

Are Bags Of Grass Clippings Messing Mahwah Streets? [POLL]

Is summer synonymous with sloppy piles of grass clippings lining Mahwah streets? At least one resident thinks it is, according to a discussion at last week’s town council meeting.

The council considered a resident complaint about bags of grass clippings that line Mahwah streets from Saturdays, when many homeowners mow their lawns, through Mondays or later in the week when the bags get picked up.

The council considered the resident’s request that a township ordinance be changed to disallow people from leaving grass bags out days in advance of their pick-up.

Council members decided not to take action on the request, since only one complaint on the matter had been filed with . “Is this a township-wide issue, or just an isolated complaint?” Council Vice President Harry Williams asked.

“I’d like to see more complaints before we change an ordinance,” Council President John Spiech added.

The council also commented that enforcing such an ordinance would be very difficult for an already-stretched township planning and zoning department.

Though Spiech commented that the general consensus was that the council “[didn’t] think it was a big problem [across] town,” Williams suggested council members drive around town on a Sunday to see if there is an unsightly amount of grass bags lining the streets.

Though the council decided not to take action on this request, Patch wants to know: Do you think this is a big problem?

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