Wet weather forces change in Lawton's overgrown lawn policy

Lawton_ The City of Lawton had a record-setting month of May for tall weeds and grass complaints--624 calls, to be exact.  It's been so wet, it's been hard to keep up with all the lawns that need mowing.  So the city wants to make a deal.   Code inspectors will give you more time to take care of your lawns, but only if you ask for the extension, and then live up to your word.

Usually, when the city gives notice on a high grass complaint, the resident or property owner has ten days to do something about it.  But, Lawton City Inspector Manuel Cruz said the city has recognized that there haven't been enough dry days between the rainshowers for many people to cut their grass.   "A lot of people weren't able to mow," Cruz said.  "Even my yard is about 3 feet high and my lawnmower broke. So, I'm going to have to wait until it gets fixed to mow it."

The city says if you got a notice to take care of your lawn and need more time, call the city AT 581-3371.  Employees will document the call and work with you to give you more time.

But, Cruz said, if you ignore your lawn and the city, you will be fined.