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Posted on: March 5, 2020

Reminder For Lawn Mowing

Spring is here, and so is mowing season. The City of Galion reminds all residents to keep their lawns maintained.

Owners of parcels within the city limits that are three acres or less must keep weeds and grass trimmed, including areas in the public right of way.

Chapter 559.01 of the City Codified Ordinances states: “No owner shall permit weeds, grasses or other types of vegetation to grow or be upon such lots or lands at a height exceeding eight inches above the ground.”

Property owners who fail to comply will be notified of the violation in writing and given five days to correct the issue. To report a lawn maintenance violation, please call the Building and Zoning Department at 419-468-2642 or send an email to: ericbaldinger@galion.city.

In addition, please do not blow grass clippings into the street or storm drains. Grass and other yard waste may be taken to the Taylor Road composting facility, which is open on the third weekend of each month. This is a free service for Galion residents.


559.01 CUTTING OF WEEDS AND GRASS REQUIRED.

(a) It is hereby determined that all weeds, grasses, and other types of vegetation growing or being upon lots or lands within the City as hereinafter described in subsection (b) at a height exceeding eight (8) inches above the ground are a nuisance.

(b) No owner, lessee, agent, or tenant having charge of, or responsibility for, the maintenance of lots or lands within the City shall permit weeds, grasses or other types of vegetation to grow or be upon such lots or lands at a height exceeding eight inches above the ground.

(c) No owner, lessee, agent, or tenant having charge of, or responsibility for, the maintenance of lots or lands exceeding three acres within the City shall permit weeds, grasses, or other types of vegetation to grow or be upon the portion of such lots or lands which lies within twenty feet of a lot line adjacent to lots or lands upon which a residential or commercial building exists or lies within 100 feet of a public thoroughfare at a height of eight inches above the ground.

(1) Provided, however, the prohibition contained in this section shall not apply to any parcels of land exceeding seven acres that are currently used or have been used within the last three years for agricultural purposes. As used in this section, the term "agricultural purposes" means farming; ranching; aquaculture; apiculture; horticulture; viticulture; animal husbandry, including, but not limited to, the care and raising of livestock, equine, and fur-bearing animals; poultry husbandry and the production of poultry and poultry products; dairy production; the production of field crops, tobacco, fruits, vegetables, nursery stock, ornamental shrubs, ornamental trees, flowers, sod, or mushrooms; timber; pasturage; any combination of the foregoing; the processing, drying, storage, and marketing of agricultural products when those activities are conducted in conjunction with, but are secondary to, such husbandry or production. In any event the portion of all such lots or lands which lies within twenty feet of a lot line upon which a residential or commercial building exists or lies within one hundred feet of a public thoroughfare, said distance shall be considered a buffer area and all weeds, grasses or other types of vegetation therein shall be maintained at a height of eight inches above the ground.

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