Overgrown Properties Keep Code Enforcement Officers Busy

June 2, 2011 Updated Jun 2, 2011 at 6:43 PM EDT

By Kyla Igoe

June 2, 2011 Updated Jun 2, 2011 at 6:43 PM EDT

Buffalo, NY (WKBW) - Within the Buffalo city limits, it's a violation to have your grass over 10 inches high. Many properties are becoming a little 'too green' and owners are being slapped with summons despite the fact that this has been the rainiest Western New York Spring on record. Some Buffalo Common Council Members want some of the citations voided and are not happy with the city's tough stance.

"I'm not talking about people who get a lot of violations. I'm talking about property owners who wanted to cut their grass, but really couldn't because of the lousy weather," said Common Council President David Franczyk.

Under the current system, violators are given a 10 day grace period and a hearing before receiving a $150 fine. Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown says city crews have mowed about 3,000 properties despite the rain and the majority of residents obey the law.

"The law is clear, you have to cut your grass. Citizens have asked us to enforce quality of life, the council has asked to enforce quality of life, and we'll continue to enforce," said Brown.