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Bill weeds out overgrown yards

City leaders hope a bill passes that would allow them to draft a new ordinance for overgrown grass. City leaders hope a bill passes that would allow them to draft a new ordinance for overgrown grass.

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MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - Thanks to the special session, some unsightly Montgomery yards may get mowed sooner than later.

We've all seen them, overgrown yards with waist high weeds.

It's a sight many would like to see go away, including Tony Edwards. 

Edwards is a member of the Eastbrook-Morningview Neighborhood Association. He says tall grass doesn't help attract anyone to Montgomery.

"It makes the rest of us not look as good. It hurts our property values," he explained.

That's why local lawmakers acted quickly to introduce a bill in the special session that would allow the Montgomery City Council to create a new ordinance to do something about the weeds a lot quicker.

"It's a commitment to try to improve the overall appearance of the city of Montgomery," says State Representative, Greg Wren.

Right now the process can take up to three months before the city moves in, cuts the grass and sends the owner a bill.

The legislation would allow the city to set a new time frame--speeding up the clean-up and costing taxpayers less money.

"We want to clean those up and make Montgomery a desirable place to live. It is a desirable place to live, we don't want to see it go the other way," says District Two City Councilman, Charles Smith.

It's a feeling Edwards shares.

"[We're] very proud of our neighborhood, like to maintain that, make it desirable."

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