Trees & Noxious Vegetation

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All Residents and Property Owners in the City of Halsey, Notice is hereby given:  Per Halsey Municipal Code 5.05.150 Trees and Noxious Vegetation, between May 15 and September 30 of any year, no owner or person in charge of property shall allow noxious vegetation to be on the property or in the right of way of a public thoroughfare abutting the property. An owner or person in charge of property shall mow, cut, dig, or otherwise remove noxious vegetation as often as needed to prevent it from becoming unsightly, from becoming a fire hazard, or an obstruction to a public right-of-way.  This includes mowing the public right-of-way.

The term “noxious vegetation”  does include, at any time between May 15th and September 30th: (a) Weeds more than 10 inches high; (b) Grass more than 10 inches high; (c) Poison oak; (d) Poison ivy; (e) Rampantly growing plants or vines (such as blackberries or bamboo) that: (i) Cross property lines without permission of the adjacent property owner; (ii) Cause damage to fences or structures; (iii) Cross onto the public right-of-way, obstruct vision or impede travel on any part of a street or sidewalk; or (iv) Constitute a fire hazard as defined in an applicable provision of the State Fire Code.

The City can abate the nuisance on a particular parcel of property at the request of the owner for a fee of $100.00 per hour.  Even in the absence of such request, the City may choose to abate such nuisances and charge the cost of doing so to the owner or person in charge of the property, or the property itself as a lien.  The abatement procedures are not exclusive but are in addition to any penalty or procedure allowed through ordinance of the city or by state law.  The City may seek nuisance enforcement through a citation proceeding in addition to an abatement remedy. (HMC 5.05.460). Please contact Halsey City Hall if you have any questions at 541-369-2522.

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