Manhattan’s weed problem

By The Mercury

The city’s code enforcement office has handled nearly 3,000 reports of violations thus far in 2012, nearly 60 percent of them for the same problem: weeds.

Data made available Wednesday by the code services office lists 2,851 reports of violations between Jan. 1 and Sept. 18, a total that is up substantially from the 1,682 cases during the same period in 2011.

A total of 2,081 reports were received for that entire year. The highest number of complaints in recent years, 5,132, was recorded in 2008.

Complaints about weeds have accounted for 1,662 of the reports thus far this year, nearly twice the number of any other category of complaint. The second most frequent complaint was nuisance violations, of which there were 918.

Other occasional causes of complaint involved trash, improperly maintained sidewalks, improperly placed or unsightly receptacles, inadequately fenced hot tubs or pools, and inoperable vehicles.









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