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Clean up and boost your home’s value! Or, you could just pay the fine.

Ok, so the headline is obviously meant tongue-in-cheek. Still, there’s a tough nut to crack wrapped in there. On the one hand, focusing on crappy-looking neighborhoods could be seen as discriminatory and heavy-handed on the part of the city. On the other hand, property values can easily be tied to the tidiness of a ‘hood, and generally, it sucks to have a bad neighbor whose property is an eyesore while you’re out trimming the trim on a hot weekend. How do those two ideas come into play here? Let us know in the comment section below. Here’s the city news release:

Code Compliance Targets Weeds, Trash and Debris; New Monthly Program Aims to Increase Community Awareness of Laws Addressing Bligh and Nuisances

June 10, 2009 – The Code Compliance Division of the City of El Paso Environmental Services Department announced today that beginning this month it will highlight a violation to increase community awareness of code enforcement issues.

The division works to protect the environment, as well as the safety, health and welfare of our citizens by enforcing laws addressing blight and nuisances. The violation showcased this month is Weeds, Trash and Debris, as defined in 9.04.340 of the El Paso Municipal Code.

Under the code, the property owner or occupant must keep and maintain their properties and abutting sidewalks, parkways and alleys free of accumulations of waste. In addition all grass, weeds or uncultivated plants should not be allowed to grow taller than 12 inches. Maintenance of vegetation in parkways and alleys is also the property owner’s or occupant’s responsibility. Violations are punishable by a $270 fine.

Anyone put on notice for a code violation should correct the violation by the compliance date on the notice. If the property is not in compliance at the time of re-inspection, the property owner or occupant will be issued a Class C citation for non compliance. In addition, the City may request a court order seeking permission to access the property to correct the violation.

If the City cleans up the property, the cleanup costs will be passed on to the property’s owner or occupant. A lien will be placed on a property if the clean up costs are not paid.

Citizens my report code violations by visiting or by calling (915) 774-4500.

Written by newspapertreeelpaso

June 15, 2009 at 12:23 pm

Posted in Uncategorized

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  1. the city needs to clean up their own sheet. they have their own lots they need to cleanup.


    June 15, 2009 at 3:12 pm

  2. Article says: “In addition all grass, weeds or uncultivated plants should not be allowed to grow taller than 12 inches.”
    GROW TALLER? If that is in height, then it is OK for the weeds to be over 12 inches wide, like a balding guy with a afro.
    GROW TALLER? Is that measured from the soil or from the root? If so, just dump some dirt on the weed so less of it shows. Or trim them with scissors to 11 inches.
    GROW TALLER? So 11 inch weeds are OK, but not 12 inch weeds.
    GROW TALLER? So, that means that you can take a board or sheet of plywood and lay on top of the weeds and they will become “flat” after a few hours. And then it’s OK, because they are NOT TALLER THAN 12 inches.
    Since this (El Paso) is the desert, there are no weeds here because they are natural to the environment. Weeds are an outsider, and unnatural plant, an unwanted plant.
    The desert is very beautiful and every plant produces oxygen. Some of the plants used in Xeriscaping look like “what the city calls: weeds”, but they are just natural plants.
    I am not offended by “What the city calls: weeds”. I do not shudder and shake when I see plants.
    The city should leave people to live their lives as they see fit and save some money by getting rid of Weed Inspectors. How many tax dollars goes to the Weed Inspector departments and all their employees and trucks and gas? Maybe they could be helpful and help man the border or seek terrorists?


    June 15, 2009 at 4:42 pm

  3. Can the city please come by and mow the grass on the pavement on Octavia Street? I am getting tired of having to buy new spool to weed eat the grass growing in the street. Or maybe I should contact TXdot, hmm.

    lv, el paso, tx

    June 15, 2009 at 4:42 pm

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