Village residents say sign shaming is getting out of hand

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OKLAHOMA CITY -  Dozens of residents in The Village have been finding signs planted in their front yards, calling them a public nuisance.

They are 'nuisance abatement pending' signs, calling on the homeowner to mow their grass.

"You can't mow your grass in this kind of weather," said Gene Carey, a Village resident.

Carey says The Village is insisting homeowners get it done by 'sign shaming.'

"Harassing the homeowners about their grass being four or five inches tall," Carey said.

For Carey and his neighbors, trying to find a dry window of time to mow is a big problem.

"Just wait for this rain to let up," Carey said.

While the city wouldn't comment on camera, officials did send NewsChannel 4 the high-grass policy.

It reads, "Every yard that has high grass or weeds as tall as 7 inches shall have a nuisance abatement sign placed in the front yard."

If you don't mow your yard within five days of the sign appearing, you'll get a letter in the mail.

After that, the city will come mow your yard for you.

At the end of the day, that service will cost you more than $200.

Even local lawn service expert, Shaun O'Connor, doesn't agree with the city's signs.

"If it's a situation a particular person, or neighbor, an abandoned house that we know is a problem, there's nothing wrong with that. But for the average homeowner, to put a sign in his yard or blame him for the monsoon that we're having isn't right," O'Connor said.

"You know The Village needs to cut people a little bit of slack, instead of coming out here and messing with the old working man," Carey said.

The city does have a notice on the bottom of its policy, stating they'll work with homeowners if they have a legitimate excuse, but you have to call in and let them know.

While many of the residents who received nuisance notices, we have yet to talk to anyone who has been sent a lawn-mowing bill.

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