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Some Dover Residents Not Happy About Overgrown Grass

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The difference between the home with the overgrown grass and the neighbor's lawn. (Photo: WBOC) The difference between the home with the overgrown grass and the neighbor's lawn. (Photo: WBOC)
A snake John Griffin killed when he saw it coming toward him out of the overgrown grass area. (Photo: WBOC) A snake John Griffin killed when he saw it coming toward him out of the overgrown grass area. (Photo: WBOC)
The grass overgrown up to the mailbox. (Photo: WBOC) The grass overgrown up to the mailbox. (Photo: WBOC)

DOVER, Del.- Some Dover residents are not happy with the way Kent County is handling its grass cutting operation.

John Griffin lives on Sheffield Drive in Dover, and he says he is tired of dealing with the animals living in the waist-high grass next door. There is a property right across the street from it, too, that has overgrowth problems.

"I noticed they put a sign out on a stake stating that the grass will be cut," he said. "Now it's been out there at least a couple of weeks, maybe three weeks now. Going on three weeks."

He says he has called Kent County multiple time and even offered to cut the grass himself. But they refuse to allow him, because they need to legally hire someone to do it or use their own workers. 

Old newspapers sit between the grass that has overgrown, and violation notices are posted on the doors and windows.

Griffin provided WBOC with a picture of a dead snake that he says he killed when he saw it coming out from grass. He says the neighbor on the other side has done the same with two snakes. Rabbits and different types of wildlife seem to be living or spending time in the grass, according to Griffin.

Sarah Keifer, director of planning for Kent County Levy Court, told WBOC on Tuesday that on the first offense the county is required to both post and send the violation notice by mail. She says that could be part of the reason for the delay.

The notice posted across the street outlines the county's ordinance regarding overgrowth of plants and grass. That ordinance says if you have grass over 12 inches tall, you are in violation. It states that you have five days from receipt of the ordinance before the county will cut it and fine you.

"If I had my grass that tall I'd be fined for it, not having it cut," Griffin said.

Keifer says both properties on Sheffield Drive have open cases regarding them.

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