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PAGE 2 OF 3 <br />SUBJECT: Open and Close a Public Hearing to Consider Objections to the Proposed <br />Abatement of Hazardous Vegetation (Weeds) for Properties Listed on the 2020 <br />Weed Abatement Program Commencement Report and Order the Abatement <br />DATE: January 15, 2020 <br /> <br />DISCUSSION: <br /> <br />On December 3, 2019, the Town Council passed Resolution 2019 -060 (Attachment 2) declaring <br />weeds to be a public nuisance and set a hearing date of January 21, 2020 to consider objections <br />for proposed removal and to order the abatement. <br /> <br />This public hearing is an opportunity to consider objections from property owners with the <br />proposed abatement. On December 13, 2019, the County mailed informational weed <br />abatement program packets to all property owners, including the schedule and price list <br />(Attachment 3). <br /> <br />The weed abatement process consists of eight steps that begin in November and go through <br />August of each year. Currently the process is at Step 4 on the list as illustrated below. <br /> <br />1. When properties are identified as having hazardous weeds, they are placed in the program, <br />monitored, and must be compliant for three consecutive years in order to be removed from <br />the program. County prepares a report of all properties that have been ident ified and <br />provides the report to the Town (Attachment 1) (November). <br /> <br />2. Town Council adopts resolution declaring weeds a nuisance and sets a hearing date to hear <br />objections by property owners to having their property listed on the report (Attachment 2) <br />(December). <br /> <br />3. County sends notice to property owners on the report notifying them of the hearing date, <br />along with guidelines on the Weed Abatement Program explaining that they must remove <br />weeds by the abatement deadline or it will be done for them and the cost o f the abatement <br />plus administrative costs will be assessed by the County Tax Collector against the respective <br />property (Attachment 3) (December). <br /> <br />4. Town Council holds a public hearing to consider objections by property owners and orders <br />abatement (January). <br /> <br />5. County sends a courtesy letter to property owners on the report notifying them again of the <br />abatement deadline (January). <br /> <br />6. After the April parcel abatement deadline, the properties are inspected by the County to <br />verify that weeds were removed and proceeds with abatement if the inspection fails. <br />County creates an assessment report of all costs associated with the abatement and <br />provides that report to the Town (June-July). <br />