Now that it's mowing season, please be mindful of the city codes related to mowing and practice safe mowing etiquette. Chapter 15 (PDF) of the Code of Ordinances of the city of St. Joseph, Missouri states that it shall be the duty of each owner, occupant or person in possession, charge or control of real property, to prevent rank growth of vegetation on such property and on the abutting one-half of the right-of-way or other streets, alleys, sidewalks and other public property.
When mowing near streets and sidewalks, it’s important to remember that city code prohibits (PDF) the deposit or throwing of earth or rubbish upon any street, alley, parkway, boulevard, sidewalk or public place. In other words, it is a violation of city code for cut grass and weeds to be discharged onto the streets or sidewalks when using mowers, weedeaters or blowers to maintain property.
Help keep everyone safe and avoid aiming discharge chutes toward pedestrians and traffic. Be sure to pick up any rocks, sticks or debris that could become a dangerous projectile when hit by mower blades. Always wear appropriate eye protection and maintain equipment in safe working condition.