Weed Abatement FAQ
Why have I received an Abatement Notice?
Typically, a property is placed on the program after an inspector identifies a potential fire hazard or nuisance on the premises. Particularly weeds, when mature produce seeds of a wingy or downy nature, rubbish, refuse and dirt in the streets and private property. All property owners are required to maintain their property free of fire hazards and nuisances throughout the year.
What does abatement mean?
The elimination of a fire hazard or nuisance as defined by the City’s municipal code.
I do not have any dead weeds or brush on my property. Why did I receive this letter?
There may have been a violation on your property at the time of inspection. If you believe you received the letter in error please contact Sheldon Bloomfield, Weed Abatement Coordinator at (909) 931-4134.
How will I be billed?
If the City contractor performs abatement work on your property, the charges will appear as a special assessment on your next property tax statement.
What method of abatement is used to maintain my property?
The City contractor will use either one of, or a combination of discing, mowing, or hand crew weed whacking to complete abatement. The city contractor does not and will not use any type of spray to control or eradicate any hazards.
Why have you performed work on my property while the vegetation is still green?
Grass, weeds, or piles of combustible debris have been declared a public nuisance by the City. Abating hazards in the spring to minimize volume of combustible material helps us to be more effective during the peak fire season.
How do I know that the city performed work on my parcel?
The Inspector photographs the conditions of each parcel that work is ordered on. The city contractor takes a photo before and after each job to document what the parcel looked like before and after he performed the work. The photos are stored in our database as part of the parcel’s program record.
How can I get additional information or assistance regarding the specific requirements for my property?
Contact Sheldon Bloomfield, Weed Abatement Coordinator at (909) 931-4134.