Keep your grass clippings to yourself

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Keep your grass clippings to yourself

Pete Wilson

Times Editor

If I had an ounce of artistic ability, I might try dabbling in editorial cartoons.

As my mind races at the end of a busy day at work or play, I often think about editorial cartoons that would bring local issues to light in a humorous way.

So, as it was on Tuesday night, I thought about grass clippings, of all things, and the issues city officials are having with people blowing them into the road.

I will attempt to put in words what my lack of artistic ability would not allow me to draw.

In one frame it’s a man on a riding lawn mower blowing grass into the street while reading a newspaper article about about the city saying fines could come to those who are doing just what he’s doing. The caption above the man says, “You can’t tell me what to do!”

In the second frame, it’s the same man standing on his porch watching flood waters damage his property after a recent rain. The caption, “What do I do?!?”

This may be an extreme scenario, but it drives home the point that most all rules and laws are made for a reason.

Leaves and grass clippings blown into roads, in many cases, end up in storm sewers where they can act as plugs and reduce the sewer’s capacity to transport and receive storm water. These blockages can lead to flooding.

Then there’s the danger to those riding motorcycles. The grass can easily cause loss of tire grip.

The City of Brazil is certainly not alone in this struggle. A little internet research found that cities and towns across the nation have these ordinances, some more strictly enforced and with steeper fines.

As for my editorial cartoon idea, I must add that it’s not just individual homeowners doing this, it’s contracted lawn maintenance companies who either do it on request of their clients or on their own accord.

I must admit, I have violated this ordinance a time or two. But, after some thought and research on the matter, I have sworn it off completely. I urge others to do the same.